Tillman Properties Raided by Feds

Milton Tillman Jr. in a 2006 booking photo Court documents relating to the recent federal raids of properties associated with politically wired Baltimore bailbondsman Milton Tillman Jr., and his son, Milton Tillman III, became available today. Seven affidavits supporting the search warrants, posted here, were sworn out on Aug. 14 by U.S. Internal Revenue Service special agent Thaddeous Miller and submitted to U.S. District Court magistrate judge Paul Grimm by Assistant U.S. Attorney Martin Joseph Clarke, who prosecutes white-collar crime. Press accounts have reported at least some of the raids occurred on Aug. 18.

The warrants were executed at seven locations: 2332 East Monument St., the East Baltimore offices of the Tillmans' Four Aces Bail Bonds and New Trend Development, a real-estate company; 1101 North Point Boulevard, Suite 121, the companies' Baltimore County location; 1003 Greenmount Ave., a building owned by federal fugitive Ioannis Markos Kafouros (whose "Wanted by FBI" poster is here, City Paper's coverage of Kafouros' disappearance is is here.) that serves as the business address of XPress Bail Bond Inc., a company incorporated by Tillman III in 2002; premises at the Dundalk Marine Terminal, occupied by Ports America, identified as "Building 1200A, Berth 12"; a single family home at 2410 Pinewood Ave. in Northeast Baltimore owned by Tillman Jr. and his ex-wife, Sandra Stansbury; 3818 Kimble Road, an attached brick house, also in Northeast Baltimore, owned by Sandra Stansbury's mother, Lorraine M. Stansbury (this address was frequently used as the principal office of Xpress Bail Bond); and a 2001 Buick Regal, Maryland License Plate No. 9DGM64.

City Paper since March has written seven articles touching on the Tillmans and their significance in Baltimore life. One concerned late federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna's open-court statements calling Tillman, Jr. a violent drug dealer ("Grave Accusations," Mobtown Beat, April 23). Two were about a fugitive drug trafficker ("Flight Connections," Mobtown Beat, March 21; "One Angry Man," Mobtown Beat, March 26). One profiled a bounty-hunting minister with a criminal history ("Preacher, Teacher, Forger, Spy," Feature, April 16). One covered Baltimore City's bailbond's industry ("Cashing Out," Feature, July 2). One looked at the Baltimore City liquor board's lax oversight when it comes to criminals in the liquor business ("Creative Licensing," Mobtown Beat, April 9). And one reality-checked the rehabilitated image of an old-time gangster ("Redemption Song and Dance," Mobtown Beat, March 19).

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