New York State Bail Bondsman Association Weighs In on Recent Charges against Agent for Spartan Bail Bonds and Fairmont Specialty Group

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The chairperson of the New York State Bail Bondsman Association, a non-profit agency that works to maintain the integrity of the bail bonds industry in New York State, expresses concern over the recent arrest of George Zouvelos, agent for Spartan Bail Bonds and Fairmont Specialty Group.

We, as the professionals who represent the bail bond industry in New York State are deeply concerned by the arrest of Mr. Zouvelos. Allegations of crimes of moral turpitude can serve to damage the reputation of us all.

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The chairperson of the New York State Bail Bondsman Association (NYSBBA), an agency that works to maintain the integrity of the bail bonds industry in New York State, has expressed concern over the recent arrest of George Zouvelos, owner of Spartan Bail Bonds and Fairmont Specialty Group. Michelle Esquenazi, chairperson of the non-profit organization, says that the charges leveled against Mr. Zouvelos are very serious and the agency will be following the next stages of the court case very closely.

Mr. Zouvelos, Owner of Spartan Bail Bonds and Agent for Fairmont Specialty Group out of Houston Texas, was arraigned March 1 in New York County Criminal Court (docket number 2008NY016492) on the following charges:
1- C Felony possession of a loaded firearm
2- C Felony attempted gang assault 1st degree
3- D Felony assault with intent to cause injury with a weapon
4- Misdemeanor possession of a forged instrument
5- Misdemeanor criminal possession of a firearm
6- Misdemeanor tampering with a witness

Ms. Esquenazi says, “We, as the professionals who represent the bail bond industry in New York State are deeply concerned by the arrest of Mr. Zouvelos. Allegations of crimes of moral turpitude can serve to damage the reputation of us all.”        

Mr. Zouvelos was released on his own recognizance and has a return court date of June 9, 2008. Information on the case is available for public viewing on NYS Unified Court Systems, E Courts website.

About New York State Bail Bondsman Association (NYSBBA)
NYSBBA was created in 1999 to protect the integrity and professionalism of the bail bonds industry. Bail bonds agents safeguard constitutional rights while saving taxpayers money by ensuring that criminal defendants show up in court. Michelle Esquenazi has been the NYSBBA chairperson since its inception. For more information please write nysbba@gmail.com.

Media contact:
Michelle Esquenazi
888-966-2323
nysbba@gmail.com

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