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Bail Bondsman Accused of Embezzling Funds From a Client

July 1, 2010
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
Shiara DŠvila, Assistant PIO
(213) 974-3525

LOS ANGELES Ė A bail bondsman accused of misappropriating $30,000 from a client was arrested today, the District Attorneyís Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Susan Schwartz of the Justice System Integrity Division said Arturo Miramontes, 40 (dob 1/25/70), is charged with two counts of grand theft by embezzlement. The defendant is a licensed bail bondsman at Rodeo Bail Bonds in Whittier.

He is due to appear for arraignment on July 6 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The defendant was charged in case No. BA372650, a felony complaint for arrest warrant filed on June 23.

In late 2007, the victim contacted Miramontes to secure a bail bond, giving the defendant $30,000 as cash collateral. The victimís court case was completed and his bail was exonerated.

It is alleged that Miramontes failed to return the cash collateral to the victim. It is further alleged that Miramontes embezzled funds from the insurance company for which he wrote the bond.

If convicted as charged, Miramontes faces three years, eight months in state prison. Bail was recommended at $40,000 for the defendant.


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