Brian Malone touted himself as being a licensed bail bondsman with “20 years of experience.” But he was not. He then so boldly created a big ad with a photo of himself and posted it directly inside of the Sacramento County Jail to lure unknowing customers… the inmates themselves. And at least 5 of them took his bait and paid him for bail that did not get posted.
Besides the fact that he’s been operating as a bondsman without a license, this “bogus bail bondsman” is allegedly a criminal himself; having previously been charged with numerous felonies which include, altering or falsifying government documents. (A bail bondsman in California must be licensed by the California Department of Insurance. Additionally, convicted felons are not eligible to be bail bondsmen.)
Malone perpetrated this right in the jail, directly under the watch of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. With regards to allowing Malone to advertise along side other bail bondsmen inside the jail, Sacramento Sheriff’s Captain Scott Jones stated, “Well, I think we were unwitting participants in it… I think if we’re getting paid and we’re providing a paid service, then we assume some of the duty for that.” He also allegedly stated that the department doesn’t make a dime off of the ads. Captain Jones was in command during the time Malone’s ads were posted.
We have warned the public about the bail scams in the past. Fortunately, this guy is finally out of business. But according to court documents, several unfortunate prior clients turned victims, have lost out on thousands of dollars.