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'64 BAIL-BOND DEBT PUTS HOME AT RISK

Gloria Eden Brown thought she was doing the right thing when she offered her home as collateral for her boyfriend's bail in 1964.

Thirty years later, a bail bond company sorted through its files and discovered Brown owes $1,957, including interest. Unless she pays by Oct. 15, a foreclosure company has threatened to sell the home she's lived in since 1956.Brown, 65, said she can't afford the bill. Long gone is any paperwork that would prove her boyfriend, who died in the 1970s, paid the bond's original $210 premium after he was released from jail on a misdemeanor.

She said a statute of limitations should nullify the debt.

But Patricia Mahoney, owner of a bail bond company that transferred the alleged debt to a foreclosure company, insisted that Brown remains legally responsible. A bond premium, or trust deed, never expires no matter how old, Mahoney said.

"We've got proof that we mailed her all kinds of notices, and she refused to respond," Mahoney said.

Legal aid lawyers have agreed to research the matter.