Bondsman accused of scamming clients bails himself out with own agency

LAKELAND, Fla. - A Bartow bail bondsman used his own agency to bail himself out of jail this week.

Humberto Carrero of A+ Bail Bonds is accused of trying to take the cars of clients who owned him money even though he had no right to repossess them.

"You never know when he's going to come and try to get my car when it's not his," said Sarah Guinn, one of at least four people investigators say Carrero targeted.

Guinn recently paid Carerro to get her fiance out of jail.

Despite being current on her payments, she said Carrero repeatedly went after her with threats to take her car.

"I'm lucky because I hid my (car) for a little while and got to realize what's really going on. I do feel bad for the people who actually had their cars taken," she said.

State Attorney's Office investigators arrested Carrero on four charges of grand theft, though they fear there are more victims out there.

Bondsman Dwayne Conley, who is unrelated to this case, said the only way to legally repossess a car is if the owner skips court, puts their car up for collateral, and receives 10 days advance written notice.

"It has to be certified mail showing they got receipt of it, and then you go through the proper steps," he said.

But investigators said that's not what Carrero did.

Wednesday, ABC Action News also learned it's not his first time breaking the rules.

In December, Bartow Police Department arrested Carrero for breaking into a house to look for a woman who owed him money. He didn't know the woman was still in jail.

"Since he was unsuccessful with both doors, he broke the window," said a friend of the victim.

The case was later dropped.

As of late Wednesday, Carrero still works at A+ Bail Bondsman with an active license. He told us off camera that it's all a misunderstanding and that he will be exonerated.

"I don't know how he's still out there with a bondsman license," Guinn said.

A spokesman for the state agency that regulates bondsmen said it's aware of his arrest but won't suspend his license until formal charges are filed.

That could take up to three weeks.

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