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Richmond County bondsman charged by Department of Insurance

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ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County bondswoman is facing a charge from the N.C. Department of Insurance for allegedly using someone unlicensed to help with her job.

NCDOI, which licenses bail bondsmen, announced in a June 27 press release that 43-year-old Tyrannia Marcia Ellerbe, of Rockingham, had been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of aiding and abetting unlicensed bail bonding.

According to the release, agents with the department’s Criminal Investigations Division are accusing Ellerbe of “utilizing the assistance of an unlicensed individual to perform bail bonding duties” on April 22 of this year.

No other details about the case were given in the press release.

Ellerbe was reportedly served with a criminal summons on June 25 and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 2 in Guilford County.

The unlicensed individual, who was not named in the press release, had an outstanding warrant for arrest for unlicensed bail bonding as of June 27.

“Our Bailbond Regulatory and Licensing Division works hard to ensure bondsmen and bondswomen operate properly within the law,” Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said in the release. “I thank our agents and staff for working hard to bring this case to light.”

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Online records show Ellerbe’s license expired June 30. She was first licensed as a surety bail bondsman in 2020.

Ellerbe isn’t the only local bondsman to be charged within the past year.

Kelly Elonzo Miller was charged last year with numerous drug offenses, including trafficking methamphetamine, cocaine and opium or heroin. Court records show that case is now in federal jurisdiction.

Another bondswoman was charged with drug possession in October of 2023, but court records show those charges were dismissed June 13.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.