BSO DETECTIVES ARREST TWO DETENTION EMPLOYEES AND A BONDSMAN ON VARIOUS FELONY CHARGES

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office
PIO Number:
22-2-25
BSO Case Number:
90-1903-010225
Date:
Feb. 23, 2022

Place of Occurrence:
2601 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Victim:
State of Florida
Suspect(s):
1. Inmate Asset Specialist II Erika Ragin, 48, female, hire date 3/6/2000
2. Inmate Asset Specialist II Marie Gary, 54, female, hire date 12/9/1996
3. James Mitchell Jones, 43, 12/8/1978, male, 2640 N.W. 20th Ave., Oakland Park 

Description of Incident:
Two Broward Sheriff’s Office detention employees and a bail bondsman found themselves on the wrong side of the law Wednesday when BSO Public Corruption Unit (PCU) detectives arrested them on various felony charges.

Wednesday morning, detectives arrested civilian inmate asset specialists Erika Ragin and Marie Gary at the Public Safety Building. Both women face one count each of unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior, offenses against users of computers, computer systems or computer network, and employee in a jail receiving a benefit of a bond.

Investigators arrested James Mitchell Jones Wednesday morning at his home in Oakland Park. Jones is facing two counts each of bribery. Additionally, he is facing, as a principal in the first degree, two counts each of offenses against users of computers, computer systems or computer network and employee in a jail receiving a benefit of a bond.

In February 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted BSO’s PCU regarding an anonymous tip claiming a BSO employee was providing confidential agency jail inmate information to James Jones, the owner of Out On Bail, located in Fort Lauderdale. Investigators worked together to identify any employees possibly involved.

Detectives said they utilized various investigative techniques and identified Ragin and Gary as the two employees accessing inmates’ emergency contact information in the Jail Management System database, then provided the information to Jones. Investigators said Jones would then use the information to contact the inmates’ emergency contacts to solicit business for his bail bonds company. In exchange for the confidential information, detectives said Jones would occasionally provide Ragin and Gary compensation in the form of food or small amounts of cash.

“It is unthinkable to me that a pair of trusted public servants would sell out their careers for any reason, let alone a few measly bucks,” Sheriff Gregory Tony said. “The actions of these two employees are truly despicable and are not a reflection on the valiant and commendable work done by the vast majority of BSO employees who serve and protect this community each day.” 

Following Wednesday’s arrest, Ragin’s and Gary’s work status was changed from suspended with pay to suspended without pay.


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Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO
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