State v. Golder, ___ N.C. App. ___, 809 S.E.2d 502 (Feb. 6, 2018)

The evidence was sufficient to support a conviction for unlicensed bail bonding in violation of G.S. 58-71-40. The defendant admitted at trial that he was not licensed as a bondsman in North Carolina. However he asserted that there was insufficient evidence that he acted in the capacity of or performed the functions duties or powers of a bondsman. The evidence introduced at trial established that the relevant agency had interpreted the governing statutes as prohibiting an unlicensed person from, other things, discussing motions and petitions with court staff that relate to a bond forfeiture. Here, the defendant was engaged with a member of court staff in falsifying motions to set-aside bond forfeitures. The court rejected the defendant’s argument that the evidence was insufficient because he was discussing false motions with court staff.