FORSYTH COUNTY — Authorities are encouraging anyone who may have fallen victim to a woman who posed as a bail bondswoman in Forsyth County to come forward.
Mary Kathleen Gambrell was extradited from Spartanburg, S.C., after her recent arrest. Authorities tracked her through Florida and Georgia, according to Robin Regan, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
“At least one” victim reported the incident to the agency, Regan said. To date, no subsequent reports have been filed.
Gambrell apparently told families she would assist in bonding their relatives out of jail. However, she would then disappear with the money, putting the initial victim out more than $1,000 and leaving their family member detained.
Regan said she also allegedly advised victims that with a higher fee, she would speed up immigration processes.
Gambrell and the victim were connected through word of mouth, Regan said.
“We do believe she was defrauding many people,” Regan said. “She does business all over the Southeast.”
She is being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center without bond due to a similar warrant in neighboring Hall County.
Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at (770) 781-2222.