Bail bondsman arrested for pocketing over $5,000 from client, police say

Tyrone Maurice Bennett (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)
Tyrone Maurice Bennett (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - A bail bondsman in Moncks Corner is facing charges after police say he pocketed over $5,000 that was meant to bail out a woman's family member in January and February.

According to the Moncks Corner Police Department, 39-year-old Tyrone Maurice Bennett, representing Bennett Bail Bonds, told the victim that he could secure a release for her relative from the Hill Finklea Detention Center in exchange for cash.

The victim paid $5,570 to Bennett in four increments on Jan. 8 and three more dates in early February, a police report states.

The victim's relative was never bailed out of the detention center and following an investigation by the South Carolina Attorney General's Office, Bennett was arrested at Hamilton Bail Bonding on Pine Street on Saturday.

Bennett is charged with a breach of trust over $5,000.

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