Mareco Bell of Cordova, accused in the identity theft of cancer patients, will be sitting in jail one more night on a $20 million bond.
Shelby County General Sessions Court Judge Gwen Rooks delayed a request for a bond hearing for the 41-year-old, who faces charges of identity theft and identity trafficking.
Shelby County Sheriff's investigators and federal authorities continue to search for possible accomplices.
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Larry Dancy, a possible identity victim, holds no grudge against the medical clinic at center of the investigation. He has remembered a lot of the sound advice his father passed down to him over the years, things like "lying will catch up with you" and "what goes around will come around" - all homespun realities which the accused identity theft suspect must never have heard of at all.
Just talking to Dancy, you get the feeling the 72-year-old from Millington, Tenn., is a man capable of finding the "silver lining in any cloud."
"I had the Hodgkin's lymphoma and I was diagnosed in October of last year," he said. "Since April, I've had two PET scans and they both showed negative. So, they made me feel good."
Dancy is more than happy to give credit for his remission to the treatment he's been receiving at a Memphis area cancer clinic, which made last week's phone call from a Shelby County Sheriff's investigator a little perplexing.
"He said that they was investigating out there at the Boston-Baskin Clinic," Dancy said. "He was just leaving there. He said, your identity has been compromised and they didn't exactly know who did it."
On Thursday, the 41-year-old suspect involved in the theft of Dancy's personal information and that of more than 500 other victims, made his first appearance in Shelby County General Sessions Court after being slapped by Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee with a $20 million bond.
Bell is facing 10 counts of identity theft and one count identity trafficking, charges that were leveled after sheriff's detectives found Tennessee drivers' licenses, hundreds of debit cards, tax returns and medical documents in his possession.
Bell's attorney, Arthur Horne III, entered Judge Rooks' courtroom in hopes she'd be amenable to holding an immediate hearing with the intent to get Bell's monumental bond knocked back to what Horne called "reasonable." Judge Rooks was in no such mood to accommodate.
However, she did set a full hearing for Friday. Horne contends, despite Judge Coffee's contention Bell is a "flight risk," his client has no prior record and a permit for the gun that was found when detectives raided his home.
"I think it's telling that one, he's charged with a non-violent offense and I think it's pretty much a white collar crime," Horne said. "He has a $20 million bond. I've never seen a $20 million bond in my years of practice, even on my murder cases."
While Bell still sits in jail, Dancy continues to be in improving health and hasn't lost confidence in the clinic making amends or his own good luck.
"The lady called me just a while ago and said they were going to pay two years of Lifeline membership to help protect me," Dancy said. "I hadn't gotten my bill for this month. I only have one credit card that I use, so I don't know if there's anything on it. I don't think it will be. They seem to think they caught it before they got that far with it."