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Former Knightdale bondsman pleads guilty to altering court records

Posted September 22, 2014

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— Former Knightdale bondsman James Perkins, 42, pleaded guilty Monday to altering courts records and was sentenced to a minimum of six months in prison and five years' probation.

He also pleaded guilty to accessing a government computer and misdemeanor bail bond violation. He has agreed to pay $73,000 in restitution.

Another bondsman, Kenneth Golder II of Durham, pleaded not guilty Monday to the same charges and will go to trial.

Perkins and Golder were accused of falsifying bond records in hundreds of cases from January 2008 to July 2013, totaling about $1 million.

Before sentencing, Perkins apologized to the court for his actions.

"I made a mistake, poor mistake," he said. "I made a poor decision. I am an honest gentleman ... This is the only thing that has set me back."

Prosecutor David Saacks urged Wake County Judge Howard Manning to make Perkins serve prison time.

"I think there needs to be a strong message that when we find wrongdoing, even in our own house, we're going to do what the law says we need to do," Saacks said.

The discrepancies in court records were first brought to the attention of prosecutors by Clerk of Court Lorrin Freeman.

"I think we get one step closer with putting this behind us, and I think this shows we are not going to tolerate and the court is not going to tolerate the public being taken advantage of," she said.

In May, former Wake County clerk Latoya Barnes apologized in court for intentionally falsifying defendants' electronic court records in 12 cases to reflect that bail bondsmen had paid $27,400 in bonds when they had not.

A bail bondsman must pay the bond of a client who does not show up for court. The money is then used for public education, as required by the state constitution.

Barnes, who pleaded guilty to a felony count of altering court records, received two years of probation because she had no prior criminal record and because she alerted authorities to her actions.

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  • jwsawyer Sep 23, 2014

    Entitlement rules. So many are willing to steal from others.

  • Jack Harris Sep 23, 2014
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    Has anyone figured out how he got access to the county computer system???. Maybe an insider sold there password?>?

  • Ted DeBord Sep 23, 2014
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    Mistake?!!! That's hardly a mistake, Mr. Perkins. You willfully committed a crime. Now you will pay for your crime.

  • rickandlinda88 Sep 23, 2014

    slap on the wrist...pay back $73k after stealing more than $1m.not right..more prison time..more resitution needed..he will get out;restart under another's name.

  • USMC Vet Sep 22, 2014

    He should spend a great deal of time in prison for doing this - far more than the 6 months he was sentenced with.
    And that he only received a $73,000 fine for falsifying records totaling about $1M is totally ludicrous.
    Sadly, he probably won't, and will most likely be back in business under another name in a relatives name before long - and probably up to his old tricks again.

  • sunshine1040 Sep 22, 2014

    And the judges name that determined his fates name is ?????? We would like a name so we know who not to re elect or to petition to have removed. This was money that was suppose to go toward our childrens education and has to be made up by the few people that have jobs and pay taxes in NC

  • Eric Gee Sep 22, 2014
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    this is really a joke, come on wake county, 6 months in 6 prison. I really think that's not a lot of time to make him learn from his punishment its a disgrace to the citizens I don't care how much you have a remorse for the courts. And on top of it all is guess his case isn't no different from the fokks from the wake county school bus transportation scheme with #vernhatley

  • Titus Pullo Sep 22, 2014

    Let me see if I understand this. Mr. James Perkins lies about paying $27,400.00 -- essentially stealing this money from the courts. Then he says: " I am an honest gentleman." In my book he is neither honest or a gentleman. And he got off light. Hopefully Mr Golder will receive a much stiffer sentence if convicted.