- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Wake County bail bondsman has been sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to being part of a scheme that cost the school district in Raleigh about $1.5 million.

Multiple media outlets reported that 42-year-old James L. Perkins of Knightdale pleaded guilty Monday to wrongfully accessing a government computer, altering court records and misdemeanor bail bond violation.

Perkins also was ordered to repay almost $70,000 he would have had to forfeit after clients failed to show up in court.

The Wake County clerk’s office was tipped about problems with bond records. Investigators determined Perkins and another bondsman altered court records to save themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Money that bail bondsmen forfeit when clients fail to show up goes to the local school district.

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