A Wake County grand jury has issued indictments against four people involved in a bail bond scheme that allegedly withheld nearly one million dollars in bail money from the courts.
Two of those charged are bail bondsmen and the other two are former clerks. The Wake County Clerk of Court, Lorrin Freeman, says she received a tip about the matter in August.
"I immediately looked at the cases that were referred to us and identified that in fact it did appear that we had some irregularities in the way that they had been processed at which time I reported the activity to the district attorney and requested that he invite in the State Bureau of Investigation to do a thorough investigation," says Freeman.
The clerks are accused of changing computer records to make it appear that bail bondsmen who owed money didn't have to pay.
Freeman says an old computer system used to handle the bond forfeiture process was automated and had no auditing systems to catch potential irregularities.