A 47-year-old Pennsylvania bail bondsman is facing charges for securing execution of documents by deception, forgery, bad checks and access device fraud/counterfeit after he allegedly tried to post a counterfeit bail bond. The $500,000 bond was for an individual accused of dealing drugs.
The incident occurred in Berks County. The man was taken into custody on Oct. 3, and the district attorney has said that his office will now be reviewing the bonds written by the man. It is possible that other fraudulent bonds were passed, and if that is the case, the man may face more charges. The man was a licensed agent with a bail bonds company in Reading. Authorities claim that if the man had been successful in this instance, an individual accused of selling drugs would have been back on the streets illegally.
The bail bondsman has an attorney, and there may be several options available for his defense. It is necessary for law enforcement to observe certain procedures when taking an individual into custody, and if those were not observed, charges against the man could be dismissed. It is also possible that the man may have information regarding other potential offenders. An agreement to testify might also result in reduced charges.
Those facing similar violations may deem it appropriate to seek the assistance of a legal professional. Under certain circumstances, an attorney may be able to alleviate the severity of criminal charges by organizing a plea deal or introducing new evidence against the prosecution's case.
Source: WFMZ, "Bail bondsman charged with forgery, fraud; bail set at $1 million", Ryan Hughes, October 07, 2014