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CFO Sink: Ft. Myers Bail Bondsmen Arrested on Multiple Felony Charges

2/1/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2010                               
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Jennifer Hirst, (850) 413-2842
 
CFO SINK: FT. MYERS BAIL BONDSMEN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES
Suspects accused of grand theft and other illegal activity
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced the arrests of Ft. Myers bail bond agent and business owner Onil Martinez and unlicensed bail bond agent Wilfredo Gonzalez, who allegedly committed multiple crimes including stealing $90,000 in bond collateral. 
 
Onil Martinez, owner of “A 2nd Chance Bail Bond Agency,” has been charged with Extortion, Felony Criminal Mischief, Employing an Unlicensed Bail Bond Agent, Grand Theft, and Employing a Convicted Felon; if convicted, he faces up to 35 years in prison and permanent revocation of his license. Wilfredo Gonzalez has been charged with working as an Unlicensed Bail Bond Agent, Felony Criminal Mischief, and Grand Theft; if convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. Martinez and Gonzalez were arrested late last week following an investigation by both CFO Sink’s Division of Insurance Fraud and Division of Agent and Agency Services.  Both were booked in the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and are currently out on bail.
 
In October 2009, the Division of Agent and Agency provided the Division of Insurance Fraud with a tip received from a victim that Martinez failed to return her bond collateral in the amount of $90,000.  The victim paid Martinez’s company a $9,000 premium and used her mortgage to post a $90,000 bond for her husband; to date, the victim’s mortgage has not been released back to her.  The victim also advised that Martinez and other employees in his office were partaking in additional illegal activities including attempting to extort money and information from the victim, stealing personal belongings of the victim’s such as a computer, cell phone and medical files, and displaying a firearm in inappropriate and illegal manners. 
 
CFO Sink’s Division of Insurance Fraud made over 800 insurance fraud-related arrests in the last fiscal year, and investigates various forms of insurance fraud relating to health, life, auto, property and workers’ compensation insurance policies.  Depending on the estimated loss amount, the Department of Financial Services will pay up to $25,000 for information directly leading to an arrest and conviction.  Anyone with information about this or any other suspected insurance fraud is asked to call CFO Sink’s Fraud Fighters Hotline at 1-800-378-0445 or visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/fraud.
 
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