A 38-year-old Burbank man was sentenced Friday to one year in jail for allegedly soliciting Orange County jail inmates as bail clients, authorities said.
Ernesto Perez, an unlicensed bail bondsman, was convicted after pleading guilty to six felony counts of negotiating bail without a license for his role in the illegal scheme, according to the Orange County District Attorney. Perez was also ordered to three years of probation.
Perez, who worked at Plotkin Bail Bonds in Norwalk, allegedly used a license number belonging to a legitimate bail bondsman from Bakersfield to access the county jail database to look up an inmate’s bail information. The database is only accessible to licensed bondsman.