MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Champlin man has been charged with forging a bail bond in the case of a woman charged with murder for her role in a fatal heroin overdose.

According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, 45-year-old Anthony Hanson faces two counts of aggravated forgery.

The criminal complaint states Beverly Burrell contacted Ability Bail Bonds – where Hanson is the director of operations – in May to discuss posting a bond. Burrell was charged with third degree murder in connection with the sale of heroin to a man who fatally overdosed. Burrell is currently charged in four such cases.

Burrell’s bail was $350,000. Burrell’s family paid Hanson $18,500 toward the bail, the complaint states.

Hanson only had a $100,000 bond, so he used glue and tweezers to remove a “5” from a $5,000 bond and paste it onto the $100,000 bond, according to the complaint.

Burrell’s bond was posted and she was released from custody.

In June, Financial Casualty & Surety Inc. reported fraud by Ability to the Commerce Department. Ability had posted the $350,000 bond, but Financial never issued Ability a large enough Power of Attorney form to post a bond that high, the complaint states.

When the fraud was discovered, authorities issued a warrant for Burrell’s arrest.

Hanson admitted to investigators he kept most of the money Burrell’s family provided. He also admitted to forging his wife’s signature – she is listed as the owner of Ability.

Ability opened in 2009. The Commerce Department revoked Hanson’s insurance producer’s license in 2008 for committing fraud while working for Integrity Bonding.

Comments (2)
  1. What a miscarriage of justice. We need every black drug dealer out on the streets selling the Mexican crack and heroin our open borders Mexican cartel trade partners bring into Minnesota by the box car load.