A-1 Outlaw Bonding owner’s attorney arrested

Published 11:39 pm Thursday, March 5, 2009

The attorney for the owner of A-1 Outlaw Bonding was arrested Thursday morning on the charge of bribing a state witness.

Glen White, 55, of Hattiesburg, was arrested by the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department for the bribery of state witness, according to a press release from the department. White is the former District Attorney for Forrest County.

The investigation into the charges against White stems from an ongoing investigation against A-1 Outlaw Bonding owner Anita Carol Pearson, 48, who was recently charged with intimidating a state witness. Other previous charges against Pearson include accessory before the fact kidnapping, felony conspiracy to commit extortion, felony extortion, conspiracy to commit grand robbery, accessory before the fact armed robbery, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, misdemeanor extortion and accessory before the fact felony extortion. Those charges were brought against her after an investigation found evidence that alleged Pearson had instructed agents for her bonding to kidnap and rob citizens who had bonded out under her company but had not paid their bond.

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During an initial appearance Thursday afternoon, none of the evidence against White was read aloud to the court by the investigation team. The only information released to the Picayune Item was contained in a three paragraph press release.

Justice Court Judge John Mark Mitchell set bond at $5,000 during the initial appearance Thursday.

White’s attorney, Donald Raverty, asked during the appearance why White was treated the way he was and why the department could not just give White a call so he could turn himself in and avoid embarrassment. Mitchell said he as a judge has to treat everyone who comes before him in a similar manner. When Raverty asked why the bond was set so high, he asked if the court thought White was a flight risk. Mitchell said he thought the bond was reasonable.

Sheriff David Allison made a promise to the county during his campaign that he would uphold the law no matter who the charges were brought against, and he said he is keeping true to that promise. He said thanks his deputies, investigators and God for the outcome of all of the successful operations during his tenurethus far.