When someone is accused of a crime and a trail is set to take place, the accused will usually have a bond set. The defendant must then pay the bond to be able to leave jail and go home until the trial is set. In most average cases, bail is usually set at $10,000 or higher. For high profile cases, bail has been known to reach $1 million or more. there are many famous cases in which bail reached astronomical amounts. it seems as though the threat of flight was rampant in the following cases and the judge in the case set the bail to unbelievable amounts.
Michael Milken – $250 million
$250 million is such a large amount of money it would make most people slap their mama. This amount is the exact number that American business magnate Michael Milken was asked to pay as his bail out of jail. Milken was indicted back in 1989 as part of the largest investigation to take place on Wall Street. Milken was indicted on 98 counts of racketeering and securities fraud and was found to be involved after an investigation into insider trading. Milken ended up serving less than two years in prison for a ten year sentence.
Julius Meinl – $133 million
Meinl is a billionaire of Britain who was suspected of participating in secretive share buybacks that we linked to his European Land Company. Meinl was arrested in 2009 and had bail set at $133 million. $133 million is over $100 million less than Milken’s bail but still such a large amount of money it is unfathomable.
Ma in Southern California – $150 million
Raj Rajarathinam – $100 million
If $250 million and $133 million is an amazing bail amount, how about $100 million? Still a massive amount of money and what would one do to be subject to $100 million set bond? How about selling all-terrain vehicles without a smog certificate? That is exactly what Kening Ma of southern California did and his bail was set at $100 million.
Ma’s wife – $75 million
Kening wasn’t alone in his quest to see ATVs. Kening worked alongside his wife, who was his business partner. Kening’s wife got off a little bit easier with only $75 million, I mean, who doesn’t have $75 million to post?
Bernie Madoff – $10 million
We all know who Bernie Madoff is or at least have heard the name. Madoff was a major name in the news a few years ago after it was found that he was involved in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. Madoff had his bail set at $10 million, a far cry from $100 million, but still a large amount of cash! Madoff was unable to meet the terms of his modified agreement as no one was willing to co-sign the bond. Even Madoff’s sons were not willing to co-sign the bond. Madoff ended up agreeing to a nightly curfew.
Bernard Ebbers – $10 million
Bernard Ebbers is the former CEO of WorldCom and another member of the $10 million bail club. Ebbers was charged with conspiracy, filing a false statement with the SEC and securities fraud for his part of the WorldCom inflation of assets in 2005. The company inflated their assets by $11 billion to cover the fact that the business was failing. Ebbers is now spending time in an institution in Louisiana and was sentenced to 25 years in jail.
Dennis Kozlowski – $10 million
$10 million seems to be a common price for setting bail and Dennis Kozlowski is another member of the special club. Kozlowski was accused of stealing $600 million from Tyco and faced charges of grand larceny and enterprise corruption. Sentenced in 2005, Kozlowski could stay up to 24 years in jail.
Jeff Skilling and Andrew Fastow – $5 million
Teaming up for the $10 million bail club is Jeff Skilling and Andrew Fastow. Both Skilling and Fastow are former Enron executives and both were charged with several crimes including fraud and conspiracy, as part of the failing energy company. Fastow decided to plead guilty and sell out Skilling and Ken lay. Fastow was sentenced to six years in 2006 while Skilling was sentenced to 24 years. The bond may have been the same but Fastow used his head and testified against others to lessen his jail time.