Three Jefferson Parish Men Charged With Criminal Activity While Acting as Bail Bond Agents Without a License
Released: November 30, 2007
Department of Insurance Fraud
Investigators and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputies
issued cease and desist orders and arrested two men yesterday
of aggravated burglary,
aggravated false imprisonment, impersonating a police officer,
assault with a deadly weapon and acting as bail bond agents
without a license. A third man charged on the same counts
has evaded capture and has a warrant out for his arrest.
James D. Martin, age 39, and Reynolds Willard Rigney, Jr.
(a.k.a. Ray Rigby ), age 28, were arrested and issued cease
and desist orders yesterday for allegedly acting as bail
bond agents without a license on four separate occasions
between August 2006 and September 2007. While acting as bail
bond agents on these four occasions, they have been criminally
charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated false imprisonment,
impersonating a police officer and assault with a deadly
Frank J. Russo, age 30, is still at large and has a warrant
out for his arrest on the same charges, as well as a fine
Department records show that
James D. Martin held a property & casualty
license from September 2003 until April 2005. His license
was reinstated in October 2007, as the Department was unable
to confirm his criminal activities at that time. Frank J.
Russo attained a property & casualty license in July
2007, however he did not have a license during three of the
occasions and allowed unlicensed individuals to accompany
him and act as bail bond enforcement agents on one occasion.
Records also show that Reynolds Willard Rigney, Jr. (Ray
Rigby) has never held a license with the Department of Insurance.
Commissioner Donelon urges consumers
who have questions regarding bail bonds or any insurance
to call the Department of Insurance Fraud Section at 225-342-4956
or 1-800-259-5300. If callers don’t want their names
used, they can request that their involvement be kept confidential.