Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/28/2011 07:12:43 PM PDT
SAN BERNARDINO – A judge on Monday lowered bail by more than $1 million for a former county welfare worker accused of stealing from needy families, despite a prosecutor’s concern she may be a flight risk.
Lynda Holman, 51, of Fontana appeared before Judge Michael A. Smith in San Bernardino Superior Court during a bail hearing.
Her attorney, Daniel Greenberg, requested her bail be lowered to $200,000.
Greenberg told Smith that Holman was cooperative with the Grand Jury and law enforcement during the year-long investigation, has always known she would likely be serving time in prison and has no family living outside the county.
“She has always known this was going to happen. She is not a flight risk,” Greenberg said.
Prosecutor Michelle Lauron told Smith that Holman, who faces a maximum of 38 years in prison if convicted on all charges, has displayed a pattern of criminal conduct dating back more than 30 years.
She said Holman has at least 10 felony convictions including forgery, passing bad checks and pimping and pandering.
She believes Holman is a flight risk and urged Smith to retain her bail at $1.75 million.
Smith dwindled Holman’s bail from $1.75 million to $500,000.
Lauron said Holman’s alleged actions were callous and calculated, occurring over a three-year period, from 2006 to 2009, in which Holman dipped into the accounts of her victims a little at a time to avoid detection.
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