Case Against Bondsman Goes to Court

A case against a bail bondsman from Modesto is under way. The case claims that the bondsman was attempting to extort money from clients as well as defrauding the county.

Aleo John Pontillo, the owner of AJ’s Bail Bonds in Modesto is the accused in the case. He is accused of holding clients against their will in an attempt to make them pay additional money. He is also accused of stealing money.

Pontillo’s attorney claims that is client did nothing wrong.

The authorities say that Pontillo and his office manager handcuffed and threatened clients. One piece of evidence turned up in the case is a photograph of a client handcuffed to a weight bench because he owed money to Pontillo. It is claimed that this client was not a fugitive at the time and had not missed a court date. Other claims include threats that Pontillo made against his clients who owed money.

Pontillo’s lawyer says that some of the witnesses were fired by Pontillo and that the credibility of these witnesses should be considered by the jury when they hear their statements.

The case is continuing this week in Stanislaus Superior Court.



Posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM