According to the States Response to Defendants Motion to Release Defendant and set Reasonable Bond;
Section VI: "Further, the State has learned that the surety who was previously discharged by the Court (Act Now Bail Bonds) was previously requested by the defendant to permit him to obtain an expedited passport to travel to Mexico, presumably on business. Were defendant allowed to do so, he would be beyond the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court and beyond the ability of the surety to surrender the defendant for violation of his surety agreement with the bonding company".
Well, thank God someone found out about this little "Business Trip"!
So once Act Now Bail Bonds was granted the discharge, Rogers had to be jailed until he posted a new bond. Possibly being short of cash, Mitchell R. Nolte (Attorney for the Scammer) filed a Motion to lower the bond from the current $50,000 per felony to $10,000. It was denied.
In the State's response, Dale R. Barron, Special Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Collin Count, reminded the Court;
"The defendant is charged with seven first degree felony offenses, including the charge from 2009, which all carry a penalty range of from 5 to 99 years or life confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional division, and as such should require a significant and sufficient bond to insure the appearance of the defendant at trial which is scheduled for February 17, 2013, in this Honorable Court. The State believes that the current bonds set for the six causes of action at issue in this matter are reasonable and necessary due to the severity of the charges the defendant is charged with".
The Court ordered to keep the bond at $50,0000 per occurrence, required the defendant to surrender any US Passport but denied the State request that Rogers be fitted with a GPS tracking devise.
Additionally, the court ordered Tom Bensen d/b/a Act Now Bail Bonds to refund the full amount of fees paid for the execution of the bond by the Defendant as follows;
- $20,000 to Fred Sewell (Defendant's Father-in-Law).
- $ 4,025 to Carrie Sewell Rogers (Defendant's wife).
- Any other fees personally paid by the defendant ($5,975).
Each variation of the Oil and Gas investments would ultimately go bankrupt and those investors who believed his line of B.S. lost their total investment. Par for the course.
When Rogers was arrested on May 4th, 2012, his neighbor was M. Jay Allison, CEO of Comstock. Five days later, Comstock announced the appointment of Fredrick Sewell to the board.