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Mobile County sheriff: Bail bond companies illegally accessed computer system




Mobile County sheriff: Bail bond companies illegally accessed computer system
Mobile County sheriff: Bail bond companies illegally accessed computer system



http://blog.al.com/live/2009/01/mobile_county_sheriff_bail_bon.html 

By Robert McClendon
Staff Reporter 
al.com
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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