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Bundy's Money

The Sun reported yesterday that Sean Rondell Bundy, 24, and Tyron Sherrod Rich, 26, were indicted in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The Atlantic City, N.J.-to-Elkton story of the immediate drug-distribution charges against these guys is what The Sun wrote about, but much more intriguing is what didn't make the paper: the part about Bundy's money.

On May 13, the same day as Bundy's criminal indictment, federal Judge J. Frederick Motz ended a 20-month-old forfeiture case by ordering the government to return $190,000 of the alleged drug cash it had seized from Bundy, payable by check to Bundy's new lawyer on the case, Russell Neverdon, who replaced Harold Glaser.

Before Bundy suddenly replaced Glaser on the forfeiture case, the attorney--who now represents Bundy in the new criminal charges--did a lot of work on the cash-forfeiture case. Early last year, Glaser filed a fascinating set of documents and exhibits in an effort to show that Bundy's cash was legit.

"$75,000.00 was a loan from boxer Hasim Rahman," Glaser wrote, referring to the former heavyweight champion from Baltimore. Glaser found various other ways to explain the rest, including the church-related income of Bundy's mother.

Ex-champ Rahman's alleged drug-world ties came out before in Baltimore federal court records, in a 2003 criminal case involving violent drug dealers in the nightclub business. According to news reports, Rahman denied co-owning the now-defunct downtown nightclub Emineo on Calvert Street, though the government's main witness in the case, Louis Colvin, testified at trial that he did.

Bundy, whose nickname in the court records is "Bumb Rock," so far has survived some serious drama in the drug game, despite his young age. Federal court records describe him as a west-side rival of east-siders Stanford Stansbury, Harry Burton, and Allen Gill, whose capital murder and drug-dealing cases remain open, with trials scheduled for June. Much of the violence alleged of Stansbury, Burton, and Gill is composed of deadly shootouts with Bundy and his crew in 2003.

Attempted murder charges against Bundy in Baltimore Circuit Court also are scheduled for a June trial. Court records show he's been out on bail on those charges, which allowed him to be in Atlantic City in April, doing the alleged deeds that led to the federal drug-distribution indictment handed down this week.

Bundy's bail in the state case was posted by Lee Dixon, an agent of Milton Tillman Jr.'s Four Aces Bailbonds (who has been covered in a lot of CP articles recently: here, here, here, here, here, and here), with three others putting up real estate they own. One of them was Ricardo Burks Jr., and court records show he is facing city handgun charges, with his bail also posted by Dixon. Burks' trial is scheduled, like Bundy's state case and the Stansbury crew's federal one, for June.

As for the $190,000 to be returned to Bundy, U.S.Attorney's Office spokeswoman Marcia Murphy explained in a May 16 e-mail to City Paper that the money "had been seized in 2005 and early 2006" and that the government could not "prove that it could be traced to drug crimes that occurred before the money was seized," so "we were required to return the money." Murphy adds that Bundy's "criminal indictment was the result of a proactive investigation that developed evidence to support the allegation that Bundy was dealing drugs in 2008." The same-day timing of the closing of the forfeiture case and the filing of the criminal indictment, she writes, was "a bizarre coincidence."

Clarification: Records of the federal drug-money forfeiture case against Sean Bundy show attorney Russell Neverdon replacing Harold Glaser as Bundy's attorney just prior to the May 13 closing of the case. Neverdon on May 28 called City Paper, however, and stated that the court records fail to reflect that he recently returned as Bundy's attorney on this matter, having been Bundy's lawyer before Glaser took over some 20 months ago.

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