By Robert McClendon
January 22, 2009
Three Mobile County bail bond companies have been illegally accessing
the Sheriff's Office Web site to get personal information on inmates and
gain a competitive advantage, authorities said Wednesday.
Bonding agents at A to Z Bail Bonds, Central Bonding and Bandit Bail
Bonds somehow obtained a login and password allowing them access to a
protected portion of the Web site, Sheriff Sam Cochran said.
The companies then used that information to contact inmates' relatives
and get their business, he said. That gave the companies a leg up on
their competitors, who rely on walk-ins and cold calls from the inmates
themselves, Cochran said.
No arrests have been made, but charges could be filed later as the
investigation progresses, Cochran said
Deputies served search warrants at the bonding companies Wednesday
morning, seizing seven computers in the process. Computers at two of the
companies were still logged onto the site when deputies walked in the
door, Cochran said.
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