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Clients of A.J. Bail Bond got more than they bargained for.

Three Central Californians who normally earn an honest wage assisting individuals in getting out of jail now find themselves behind bars, with little hope of making bail anytime soon. Yesterday authorities arrested Aleo J. (A.J.) Pontillo, 40, of Modesto, Calif, owner of AJ’s Bail Bonds, and bail agent and office manager Janelle M. Llorens, 27, also of Modesto, for an elaborate—and very illegal—scheme in which they kidnapped clients for the purpose of extortion and insurance fraud. 

The unscrupulous licensed bail agents had no intention of serving anyone but themselves, and their swift arrests should serve as a forewarning to any would-be scammers.

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