The principal of several New York collection agencies, imprisoned this month after a conviction on gun charges, was released from custody late yesterday on a $250,000 appeal bond.

Tobias Boyland had been behind bars since New York Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller remanded him moments after a jury found him guilty of felony weapons charges in early March after a four-day trial.

That charge was the result of an AK-47 assault rifle and six handguns being seized from his Buffalo residence during an investigation of Boyland's collection business. On April 1, Boyland was sentenced to 15 years in prison and received a $1,000 fine, see story.
 
Boyland, 44, ran several agencies that operated out of at least four locations in Western New York. The agencies used several names: Central Resource Management, Final Claims Asset Locators, Final Control Asset Locators, Interchange Payment Solutions, Next Step Services, Portfolio Asset Assurance, Silverbay Services and Teleport. He founded the companies, which employed more than 200 people, after he completed a previous 13-year prison term for attempted robbery. As a convicted felon, he was not permitted to carry firearms.

Boyland still faces prosecution on illegal debt collection charges. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo shut down Boyland’s company last year following a six-month state investigation and allegations that his employees used violence to collect on debts. He also said the employees posed as uniformed police officers.

In February, New York Supreme Court Justice Paula L. Feroleto issued orders barring Boyland and two associates, Kayla Pritchett and Dorian Wills, from ever again working in the collection business in the state, see story.

Upon Boyland's release on bail, his attorney, Anthony Lana, would not say who posted the money for the bail bond or where Boyland will be living during his fight to overturn his conviction. Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III said he believed Boyland, as a prior felon, poses "a significant flight risk," adding he wanted Boyland to remain behind bars because "he’s a menace to society."

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