Richmond County man accused of handcuffing defendant without a bail bond license

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Julius Rasheem Ellerbe, 22, of 120 Daniels Lane, Rockingham, was charged with felonious restraint and unlicensed bail bonding, a misdemeanor.

Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Ellerbe of acting as a bail bondsman, handcuffing and taking custody of a defendant who had failed to show up for court. Ellerbe is not a licensed bail bondsman and had no authority to take the defendant into custody, according to the criminal summons.

The offenses occurred on March 26.

Ellerbe was served with a criminal summons on April 20.

To report suspected fraud or other white-collar crimes, contact the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at

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