“Jailhouse credit was legitimate as issuing a prisoner an EBT credit card. In Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County, judges gave each inmate a get-out-of-jail free card. Jailhouse credit was bail bond insurance Monopoly money. Each judge charged a line of credit to a prisoner’s EBT card account. By judges triggering real value into Monopoly money — both, bail bond insurance companies and the courts’ banks collected fourteen-caret FDIC money,” Ralph said.

He had Hank’s attention. Hank smelled money. And like all hustlers, Hank was looking for a way to cut in on the money. He said, “As a bail bondsman, it’s your job to know the bail bond insurance game — in and out.”

Hank always kept a toothpick dangling from his mouth. That explained the sucking noise, which came from mouthpiece on Hanks’ end of the cell phone.

Then he said, “If you’re gonna talk about the bail bond insurance game — then tell me where the money came from.”

The author is a survivor of Cuyahoga County Judge Richard McMonagle’s public corruption program. Greed breeds victims.