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By Laura Vozzella | May 9, 2011
Baltimore -- The Greatest City in America, The City That Reads and Believes and Gets In On It -- might want to try on another civic slogan. This one was crafted by city bail bondsman Mark J. Adams, who writes: "A couple of years ago, the idiots who run conventions and tourism in Baltimore hired an outside firm to come up with a slogan to promote Baltimore. They spent a fortune with some out-of-town company that came up with the slogan, 'Baltimore: Get in on it.' "I had my own slogan that they didn't quite accept.
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September 26, 2013
The Court of Appeals decision this week that criminal defendants have a right to counsel at court commissioner hearings raises all manner of practical difficulties for the state. Commissioner hearings can take place 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and the Maryland Public Defender's Office estimates that it will take as many as 250 more attorneys to handle the workload. That will be expensive and difficult to manage. But it also serves to uphold a fundamental principle of our criminal justice system: No one should be deprived of his or her liberty without having access to counsel, and that right should not be contingent on a defendant's ability to pay for a lawyer.
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March 27, 2010
Baltimore bail bondsman Milton Tillman III, 32, pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to charges he defrauded the Treasury Department, lied on tax returns and permitted a prohibited person, his father, to participate in the insurance business through a type of bond guarantee. His father, Milton Tillman Jr., who was indicted alongside his son in February, was scheduled to be arraigned this week, but his attorney Billy Murphy was held up in New Orleans. Tillman Jr.'s arraignment on charges he defrauded Ports of America Baltimore Inc., by allegedly saying he worked more than he did, as well as the Treasury Department, by claiming he made less than he did, has been rescheduled to April 2. Tillman Jr. also faces charges of filing false tax returns, wire fraud and illegally engaging in the insurance business through 4 Aces Bail Bonds.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2013
With his fiancee seven months pregnant and his bail bonds business struggling to get the insurance it needed, Ralph Hall received a voice mail from someone offering to help him out. On a midsummer evening, Hall drove to the KIPP Ujima Village Academy on Greenspring Avenue to try to make a deal. He met his contact and they talked inside Hall's car for just over five minutes, video of the scene shows, before the other man pulled out a .38-caliber revolver and shot Hall twice, killing him, according to prosecutors.
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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | March 18, 2010
Baltimore's leading bail bondsman and his son were arrested Wednesday on federal charges of filing false tax returns and illegally running an insurance business, among other counts. Milton Tillman Jr., 54, and his son, Milton Tillman III, 35, who run 4 Aces Bail Bonds Inc. and other companies, were each released pending trial during an initial appearance in Baltimore U.S. District Court on Wednesday afternoon. Neither man had been able to review the 28-count indictment before being brought to court.
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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishopt@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 26, 2010
Baltimore bail bondsman Milton Tillman III, 32, pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to charges he defrauded the Treasury Department, lied on tax returns and permitted a prohibited person, his father, to participate in the insurance business through a type of bond guarantee. His father, Milton Tillman Jr., who was indicted alongside his son in February, was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday as well, but his attorney Billy Murphy was held up in New Orleans. Tillman Jr.'s arraignment on charges he defrauded Ports of America Baltimore Inc., by allegedly saying he worked more than he did, as well as the Treasury Department, by claiming he made less than he did has been rescheduled to April 2. Tillman Jr. also faces charges of filing false tax returns, wire fraud, and illegally engaging in the insurance business through 4 Aces Bail Bonds.
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By Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer | April 17, 1993
Federal marshals and New York City police raided a Manhattan hotel yesterday and arrested a 20-year-old man charged with the shooting deaths of Baltimore bail bondsman Angelo Garrison Sr. and his 3-year-old son, city police reported.The suspect, Levon Stokes, was arrested without incident just before 8:30 a.m. at a hotel in the 100 block of W. 112th St.Mr. Stokes was arrested on a fugitive warrant and will probably be returned to Baltimore in about 10 days -- after he receives an extradition hearing, said Sam Ringgold, a city police spokesman.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | February 3, 1995
Howard Duncan is no mere company man -- unless he owns the company. "I can't work for anyone," he says.The independent 55-year-old Columbia man has operated a car-dealing business. He's worked as a mortician. He's run a snack bar at the Howard County Circuit Courthouse in Ellicott City. Now he's a bail bondsman.Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, the North Carolina native says an adventure for him is starting a business from the ground up. "I think he typifies the American small-business man," said Joel Abramson, a Columbia lawyer who represents the Duncan family.
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By Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer | February 20, 1992
A local bail bondsman's tenacity in recouping $75,000 led Atlantic City, N.J., police to a 27-year-old bail jumper who's charged with killing four people in Baltimore during an 11-day stretch in 1990.Carlos A. Murray, a Jamaican national who once resided in the 200 block of Hammershire Road in Owings Mills, is being held by Atlantic City authorities and is awaiting extradition to Baltimore, Detective Oscar L. Requer of the Baltimore homicide unit said."The FBI is happy. The police are happy.
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By James Bock | October 16, 1990
A former bail bondsman pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday to forging stolen court documents to win 17 defendants' temporary release from the Baltimore City Jail while bilking their families out of a total of $51,700.Anthony Hill, 32, of the 3600 block of Howard Park Avenue pleaded guilty to 47 counts of conspiracy, forgery, theft, aiding in escape, obstruction of justice, handgun possession and other charges.Sentencing was set for Feb. 6. Judge Hilary D. Caplan indicated that he would impose a 20-year term.
NEWS
January 21, 2013
With all due respect to bail bondsmen who play a necessary role in the criminal justice system, the case pending before the Maryland Court of Appeals involving illegal immigrants and whether bondsmen should be liable for illegal immigrant defendants who have been deported raises some troubling questions about the profession. As reported last week by The Sun's Andrea Siegel , the facts in the case of Big Louie Bail Bonds v. State of Maryland are fairly clear cut. Ten individuals, all found to be without proof of legal presence in this country, were arrested on a variety of minor charges in Baltimore County.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2012
A Big Boyz bail bondsman has been banned from Central Booking after an exchange with jail staff, a move his attorney says was unnecessary. According to the City Paper, which first reported the ban, Ethan Nochumowitz was barred from entering the booking facility effective Oct. 5 because security officials said they were conducting an internal investigation into an incident that had occurred involving him and staff. Big Boyz is one of the biggest bond companies in the area, and perhaps best known for flooding the region with its pink and yellow pens.
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By Laura Vozzella | May 9, 2011
Baltimore -- The Greatest City in America, The City That Reads and Believes and Gets In On It -- might want to try on another civic slogan. This one was crafted by city bail bondsman Mark J. Adams, who writes: "A couple of years ago, the idiots who run conventions and tourism in Baltimore hired an outside firm to come up with a slogan to promote Baltimore. They spent a fortune with some out-of-town company that came up with the slogan, 'Baltimore: Get in on it.' "I had my own slogan that they didn't quite accept.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2010
Baltimore's biggest bail bondsman will plead guilty in a federal tax fraud and conspiracy case next week as part of a deal that spares his namesake son — and co-defendant — jail time and a felony record, which means the younger man can likely stay in the bond business. Milton Tillman Jr., 54, of Four Aces Bail Bonds Inc. was arrested alongside his son in March on a 28-count indictment charging the elder man with under-representing his earnings as a bail bondsman and over-representing the hours he worked as a longshoreman, along with wire fraud, filing false tax returns and illegally engaging in the insurance business.
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July 14, 2010
Baltimore was known for things quirky and criminal long before Mark J. Adams opened what he claims is the world's only hot-pink bail bond office. And so the city's reputation should survive once the rain lets up and the "shocking pink" former florist shop that Adams moved into a month ago can be repainted. "We're going to paint it a stately green," Adams said. Fair Deal bail bonds sits at 2150 Boston, in a mostly residential neighborhood between Canton and Fells Point.
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March 27, 2010
Baltimore bail bondsman Milton Tillman III, 32, pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to charges he defrauded the Treasury Department, lied on tax returns and permitted a prohibited person, his father, to participate in the insurance business through a type of bond guarantee. His father, Milton Tillman Jr., who was indicted alongside his son in February, was scheduled to be arraigned this week, but his attorney Billy Murphy was held up in New Orleans. Tillman Jr.'s arraignment on charges he defrauded Ports of America Baltimore Inc., by allegedly saying he worked more than he did, as well as the Treasury Department, by claiming he made less than he did, has been rescheduled to April 2. Tillman Jr. also faces charges of filing false tax returns, wire fraud and illegally engaging in the insurance business through 4 Aces Bail Bonds.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 31, 2003
Maryland's intermediate appellate court issued a strongly worded rebuke yesterday to a bail bondsman who challenged a Montgomery County court's authority to forfeit a bond months after a defendant failed to appear for a sentencing. The fact that bondsman Nickolas Pantazes lost $10,000 as a result is only "peripheral" to the concept of bail bonds, which are, essentially, a contract between the state and defendants to ensure a court appearance, retired Court of Special Appeals Judge Charles E. Moylan Jr. wrote for the three-judge panel deciding the case.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | December 30, 1995
In a case that could affect the ability of defendants to make bail at the crowded Baltimore City Detention Center, a Baltimore bail bondsman has asked the state Court of Appeals to decide whether he can allow clients to pay their premiums in interest-free installments.The request is the latest salvo in a three-year legal fight between Steven E. Engelman, a city bondsman who operates Professional Bail Bonds Inc., and the state Insurance Administration, which is trying to require bondsmen to spell out their systems of collecting payments.
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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishopt@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 26, 2010
Baltimore bail bondsman Milton Tillman III, 32, pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to charges he defrauded the Treasury Department, lied on tax returns and permitted a prohibited person, his father, to participate in the insurance business through a type of bond guarantee. His father, Milton Tillman Jr., who was indicted alongside his son in February, was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday as well, but his attorney Billy Murphy was held up in New Orleans. Tillman Jr.'s arraignment on charges he defrauded Ports of America Baltimore Inc., by allegedly saying he worked more than he did, as well as the Treasury Department, by claiming he made less than he did has been rescheduled to April 2. Tillman Jr. also faces charges of filing false tax returns, wire fraud, and illegally engaging in the insurance business through 4 Aces Bail Bonds.
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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | March 18, 2010
Baltimore's leading bail bondsman and his son were arrested Wednesday on federal charges of filing false tax returns and illegally running an insurance business, among other counts. Milton Tillman Jr., 54, and his son, Milton Tillman III, 35, who run 4 Aces Bail Bonds Inc. and other companies, were each released pending trial during an initial appearance in Baltimore U.S. District Court on Wednesday afternoon. Neither man had been able to review the 28-count indictment before being brought to court.
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