Dog training school owner charged with fraud wants federal judge to reconsider bond conditions

Bradley Croft has been jailed on $50,000 bond since August

By Nicole Perez - Executive Producer

SAN ANTONIO - The owner of a local dog training school is expected to appear in federal court Friday to ask a judge to reconsider bond conditions because he has been unable to find someone to post his $50,000 bond and give him a place to live until his trial on fraud charges.

Bradley Croft was arrested in August and was later indicted on eight counts of wire fraud, four counts of aggravated identity theft and two counts of money laundering.

The indictment alleges Croft started submitting false information for veterans' dog training services at his Universal K-9 school to collect payments from the GI Bill as far back as 2013. In all, Croft is accused of collecting $1.26 million.

A judge set Croft's bond, adding conditions that he have a"suitable custodian" to provide Croft with a home and a co-surety on the bond.

Court records show Croft suggested one man, but the government's Pretrial Services and later a magistrate judge determined the man was not suitable.

"On September 25, 2018, Pretrial Services filed a second addendum to the Pretrial Services Report filed in this case regarding the defendant. The addendum noted that they had interviewed three additional individuals, but that none of the three individuals was a suitable third-party custodian or co-surety. None of the three individuals was willing to have the defendant reside with them where they could supervise the defendant and none of the three was willing to serve as co-surety," prosecutors said.

Croft's attorneys said there are custodians willing to sign as sureties and that "several persons have volunteered and are willing to do unannounced drive-bys of (Croft's) residence," where he lived for nearly three years before his arrest.

Officials said the federal government is looking to seize Croft's 2017 American Eagle Motorhome, two pickup trucks, two jet skis, a trailer, about $140,000 and property that was all purchased through Croft's illegal scheme.

If Croft can meet the bond conditions, he will be required to wear an ankle monitor.

"For sure, (Croft) would be on a very short leash," his attorneys said.

Croft's case is currently set for trial Oct. 22. If convicted, he faces more than 40 years in federal prison.

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