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CAPTION:
SCDOI vs. Zarak Ali, d/b/a Ali Bonding Company

AGENCY:
South Carolina Department of Insurance

PARTIES:
Petitioner:
South Carolina Department of Insurance

Respondent:
Zarak Ali, d/b/a Ali Bonding Company
 
DOCKET NUMBER:
05-ALJ-09-0522-CC

APPEARANCES:
n/a
 

ORDERS:

ORDER

This is a license revocation proceeding initiated by the petitioner, the South Carolina Department of Insurance. The respondent, Zarak Ali, requested a contested case hearing on the matter.

The parties were notified by order filed on March 20, 2006 that this case would be tried on May 25, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. I convened the trial on that date at 10:05 a.m. The petitioner was represented by Jeffrey A. Jacobs; the respondent, Mr. Ali, was not present.

Mr. Ali is a bail bondsman licensed by the Department of Insurance. The department introduced into evidence certified copies of three orders of judgment of the Greenville County Court of General Sessions, showing that Mr. Ali had failed to pay bond estreatments. Mr. Ali admits in his prehearing statement that those estreatments were not paid.

Section 38-53-150 of the South Carolina Code provides:

(A) The director or his designee may deny, suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew any license issued under this chapter for any of the following causes:

. . . .

(9) for failing to pay any judgment or decree rendered on any forfeited undertaking in any court of competent jurisdiction . . . .

S.C. Code Ann. § 38-53-150(A)(9).

I find that Mr. Ali has failed to pay a judgment rendered on a forfeited undertaking in a court of competent jurisdiction. Such failure constitutes grounds for revocation of Mr. Ali’s license as a bail bondsman.

Additionally, I find that, by virtue of his failure to appear for the hearing, Mr. Ali is in default under Rule 55 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, and that entry of a default judgment is warranted in the alternative.

I therefore order that the bail bondsman’s license of Zarak O. Ali is hereby revoked. I further order that a copy of this order shall be immediately transmitted to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for distribution to its member states.

It is so ordered.

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John D. McLeod

Administrative Law Judge

Columbia, South Carolina

May 31, 2006


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