A bondsman who ripped off his employer has been sentenced to jail and is on the hook for making restitution on charges of grand theft.
The bondsman, Danny Ray Elrod, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the charge of theft over $10,000. He was directed to serve 36 days of a four-year sentence and must make restitution to Cumberland Bail Bonding in the amount of $12,850.
His stepdaughter, Samatha G. Whittaker, who was his business partner and co-defendant, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She is to remain held under $50,000 bond until her hearing date later this month.
According to sheriff’s investigator Steven Carpenter, the two were employed by Cumberland Bonding Company as bail bonding agents. Their job was to sign bonds for those who could pay to get out of jail on bail. The bonds were assured by Cumberland and the money collected from the customers was supposed to be given to bonding company. However, the investigator said the two were skimming from the payments and not turning over money to Cumberland.
“They were pocketing the money and not turning it in to the company,” Carpenter said. “There were many people who were out on bond that Cumberland had no idea were out because the bonding agents didn’t turn in the paperwork or money.”
Carpenter said the thefts from the company had been going on since 2013. Lawmen think they stole around $43,000.