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Former bail bondsman charged with theft

February 10, 1997


Staff Writer

FREDERICK, Md. - Felony theft charges have been lodged against a former Frederick County, Md., bail bondsman, alleging she stole more than $10,000 from her employer, Tregoning Bail Bonds.

Yvonne Elizabeth Willis, 58, of Mountaindale Road in Frederick County, was released from the Frederick County Detention Center Friday on personal recognizance, jail officials said.

She had been jailed briefly on a bench warrant, jail officials said.

She was charged with stealing $10,091.28, according to Eric Schaffer, an assistant Frederick County state's attorney who handles white collar crimes.


Schaffer conducted an investigation of the allegations, independent of any police agency.

His investigation led to the filing of a criminal information in Frederick County Circuit Court, charging Willis with "a common scheme and continuing course of conduct.''

John Tregoning, who owns the company, said he was surprised when allegations were made because the woman had worked for him for more than five years and he had known her for more than 15 years.

Since he opened the business in 1982, this was the first time one of his employees had been charged with theft against the company, he said.

He said the bail bondsman business is an all-cash business with a small office staff.

The allegations are that thefts occurred between Nov. 5, 1992, and June 13, 1995.

Bail bondsmen work with people charged with crimes who have had a bond set on them for their release pending trial or other court action. The bondsmen charge a fee to put up money to secure release from jail.

Staff Writer Brendan Kirby contributed to this story.

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