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Bail Bondsman Pleads Guilty to 14 Felonies

A Mission Viejo bail bondsman illegally solicited clients from Orange County Jail.

A Mission Viejo bail bondsman has been sentenced for using inmates to find and negotiate bails inside Orange County Jail.

Kenneth Hendrick of Mission Viejo, a bail bondsman, pleaded guilty Monday to 14 felonies. He will have his bail bonds license stripped and must spend one year in jail with three years probation.

In 2010, Hendrick asked 11 inmates to contact him when other inmates needed bail. He commissioned one of the inmates to solicit bails on his behalf.

State law prohibits bondsmen from making deals with inmates for bail. Only licensed bail bonds agents can solicit or negoitate bail agreements in California.

Hendrick's boss, James Everett Morris, Jr., was convicted last year of three felonies and is serving six months in jail. Morris had paid commissions to inmates for bail tips and services.

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ms.sc. January 29, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Apples needing "bad apples" to keep their livelihood? Sick. Sounds like a bad reality series!
Peter Schelden (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Oh yeah? Who would you cast in the series?
JaeBrattain January 30, 2013 at 03:51 PM
It's unfortunate that unscrupulous individuals practice such illegal tactics. I've been a licensed bail bondsman in Santa Barbara for over 20 years. The thing is that this is just one person who got caught. There are several other agencies, including larger ones, who engage in this behavior. They hire "sales people" to be bail agents and they completely ignore ethical behavior. Hopefully the Department of Insurance cracks down more and we can clean up the industry. Jae Brattain http://BailOnDemand.com
ms.sc. January 30, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Lol! Peter, it would be a series I wouldn't watch anyways, I think all "reality" shows are pretty lame and fake to begin with. Jae Brattain, I appreciate your post.
Bail Bond January 30, 2013 at 06:35 PM
It never pays to be unethical in this business or any for that matter.
Steven Zink January 31, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Glad these guys got caught http://www.alwaysforgivenbailbonds..com
Bail Agent October 23, 2013 at 12:12 AM
The Bail bonds industry seems to attract some unsavory characters; others maintain the highest standards. http://www.ipostbailbonds.com

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