|Cincinnati Is Owed A Wad|
"In response to your questions, the City would be entitled to receive a portion of the bond forfeitures collected based upon certified judgments from bail bondsmen and their insurance carriers of $960,000. This amount represents the gross amount of the bonds, and does not reflect the possible reductions permitted under the statute. The City's portion of the bond forfeitures against individuals (parents and family members who posted property) will be provided to you shortly. The Clerk of Courts has placed liens on the individuals and the property posted,but has not taken any action to foreclose on real estate of the parents and family members to date."
Clancy said she's got lawyers on the job: "Also, the Clerk of Courts has been working with the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office to collect on the certified judgments against bail bondmen and their insurance carriers. The Prosecutor's Office met with the Common Pleas and Municipal Judges on this issue and is working with the bondsmen and their insurance carriers to collect on the certified judgments. We look forward to a successful resolution in the near future."
Any money collected on a bond forfeiture goes to the city if the city prosecuted the case through its law department. If the County Prosecutor handles the criminal case -- a drug case, for example -- the money is split with 80% of the forfeited bond going to the Cincinnati police, and 20% to the prosecutor's office. The Daily Bellwether has been reporting on the uncollected bail bonds since last month and you can read all the earlier posts by by clicking here. There are a lot of comments -- mostly anonymous -- that indicate there is a backstory that has yet to unfold publicly.