For Immediate Release: February 11, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam 919-807-6011

Four Raleigh Residents Arrested on Bail Bonding Related Charges

Another suspect still at large

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Regina Ann Williams, 33, and Bryant Leavias Williams, 40, both of 2801 Fenham Court, Raleigh; Camisha Dion Grimes, 30, 3000 Ripley Station Way, Raleigh; and A nthony Gray Reed, 42, 12522 Marsh Field Dr., Raleigh.

According to the investigation Bryant Williams, an unlicensed bail bondsman, accompanied and assisted his wife Regina Williams, a licensed bail bond agent, and her colleagues in apprehending a subject in Raleigh. Grimes and Reed, who are both licensed bail bond agents, were also arrested for their alleged involvement in the case. Regina Williams and Grimes are both employed by Busy Bee Bailbond; Reed is the owner of Bulldog Bail Bonding. A fifth individual, Sherrod Warren, is at large for allegedly posing as a bail bondsman.

All four subjects were taken to the Wake County Public Safety Center. Bryant Williams is charged with one count of acting as an unlicensed bail bondsmen, Regina Williams, Grimes and Reed are each charged with two counts of aiding and abetting an unlicensed bail bondsman.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office arrested the individuals with assistance from the Department of Insurance's Criminal Investigations Division; both agencies continue to collaborate on the investigation.

Department of Insurance investigators have seen a 66 percent increase in unlicensed bail bondsman criminal cases in the past two years. While this type of crime has been a problem for the past decade, Department investigators are cracking down on unlicensed bail bondsmen across the state.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating claims of insurance fraud. In 2009, these criminal investigators saw 413 cases successfully closed with more than $10.5 million in restitution and recoveries, 89 criminal convictions and 175 arrests.

An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims. To report suspected fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Investigations Division at (919) 807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous.

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