A Big Boyz bail bondsman has been banned from Central Booking after an exchange with jail staff, a move his attorney says was unnecessary.

According to the City Paper, which first reported the ban, Ethan Nochumowitz was barred from entering the booking facility effective Oct. 5 because security officials said they were conducting an internal investigation into an incident that had occurred involving him and staff. Big Boyz is one of the biggest bond companies in the area, and perhaps best known for flooding the region with its pink and yellow pens.

Rick Binetti, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said the company wasn't banned, just one employee. He said he didn't have specifics of the allegation, but said officials have "reached out to Big Boyz to resolve any issues so that the employee can access the facility again," he said.

Andrew Graham, an attorney representing Nochumowitz, said the incident was blown out of proportion. He said Nochumowitz was waiting to post bail for a detainee, and a bondsman from another company walked in and staff processed his bail first.

"If anyone should be investigated, it's not my client — it's the personnel who violated their own rules and policies," Graham said. Of Nochumowitz, he said that he "was not impolite, nor did he raise his voice. He was assertive, and wanted to know why this was occurring."

The rival bondsman, Steven Stansbury, who works with 4 Aces Bail Bonds, said that he didn't receive preferential treatment and that Nochumowitz was disrespectful and made offensive comments. "Every time they come there, there's a misunderstanding, and Central Booking is pretty much fed up with them," Stansbury said.

Graham disputed the account, and said the ban was "unusual."

"It's a public place, where he has to be to earn his living," Graham said.

jfenton@baltsun.com


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