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SBI investigating bond discrepancies in Wake County court system

Posted February 19
Updated February 25

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby

— State investigators are looking into allegations that former Wake County court employees improperly released bail bondsmen from their obligations to pay bond forfeitures.

District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Wednesday that he requested the State Bureau of Investigation's assistance in August after Clerk of Superior Court Lorrin Freeman informed him that bondsmen might have failed to pay the court hundreds of thousands of dollars.

An Aug. 9 letter from Willoughby to the SBI's Financial Crimes Unit refers to "suspicious and irregular transactions in the official electronic court records of Wake County."

"These transactions are made to appear as official court records of various transactions involving bail bond obligations of one or more sureties in certain criminal cases."

Willoughby said it's likely that an employee or employees made the changes in the court's computer system to reflect that the bondsmen did not owe money.

Bail bondsmen typically guarantee bond if defendants who have used their services to make bail don't show up for court.

Willoughby said the next step in the investigation is to take the case to a grand jury, which could happen as early as next week, for criminal indictments.

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  • laderjd Feb 20, 1:05 p.m.

    Obviously she informed him as soon as she knew and notice "former" employees. How can you possibly blame Ms.Freeman? If you own a company and your employee embezzles money from you, are you to blame or is the employee? No corruption or cover up or she would not have reported it. Negative blaming...so sad!!

  • TruDat Feb 20, 8:30 a.m.

    How long did Ms. Freeman let this go on? What kind of manager let's this happen on her watch? Where does the buck stop in Freeman's office???

  • dollibug Feb 19, 6:44 p.m.

    Who is minding the court system????? Corruption and Cover up is ALIVE AND KICKING all over AMERICA.....NC is included. I bet they would find a LOT MORE with a proper audit.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Feb 19, 4:00 p.m.

    And Lorrin Freeman wants us to trust her to be our next District Attorney? I don't think so.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Feb 19, 3:39 p.m.

    The wake county court system has been rotten since 1986.

  • lec02572 Feb 19, 3:08 p.m.

    Looks like this it the Wake County Court System, not the state.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 19, 2:54 p.m.

    Too late!!! The money's probably already gone.

    Every state government needs to be audited at least once a year, with surprise audits done at random between times.

    As for it costing too much to put on more auditors, I'm sure there are unemployed auditors in this state whose unemployment ran out when the Gov refused federal extensions who would LOVE to have the job and the benies, so hire 'em and put 'em to work.

    We clearly need them!!!