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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Former Bondsman Pleads Guilty to Fraud


Jackson, Miss – Lance Scott, 46, of Brandon, pled guilty on October 4, 2016, before Senior U.S. District Judge David Bramlette, to an Indictment charging him with mail fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Donald Alway. Scott is a former bondsman licensed with the Mississippi Department of Insurance who worked in the Hinds, Rankin, and Madison Counties.

During the plea hearing, Scott admitted that he solicited premium payments from individuals that bonded out of jail on fraudulent bonds he created from October 2014 through May 2015. Scott took the money in exchange for submitting fraudulent bonds in Hinds County to have individuals released from jail. These bonds were never secured by American Surety Company, the surety insurer, because Scott failed to notify or send any portion of the premiums to American Surety. Scott submitted approximately $1,085,000 in fraudulent bonds in Hinds County during the scheme.

Scott will be sentenced by Senior United States District Judge David Bramlette on January 10, 2017 at 10:30 am. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Insurance Commissioner’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Helen Wall.

Updated October 5, 2016