|For Immediate Release
Case # 12CF0728
January 28, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
BAIL BONDS AGENT SENTENCED FOR ILLEGALLY SOLICITING CLIENTS FROM ORANGE COUNTY JAIL
SANTA ANA – A bail bonds agent was convicted and sentenced today for illegally soliciting clients from Orange County Jail. Kenneth Lance Hendrick, 50, Mission Viejo, pleaded guilty today, Jan. 28, 2013, to 11 felony counts of a bail agent having an arrangement with a person incarcerated in jail to inform and notify defendant of the arrest, two felony counts of a bail agent recommending the name of an attorney to an arrestee, and one felony count of a bail agent allowing a non-bail licensee to solicit bail on the agent’s behalf. Hendrick was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of formal probation. As a result of his conviction, the California Department of Insurance will revoke Hendrick’s bail bonds license.
Kenneth Hendrick’s Case # 12CF0728
Between March 4, 2010, and Dec. 6, 2010, Hendrick made an agreement with 11 different inmates incarcerated in the Orange County Jail for the inmates to notify Hendrick when there were other inmates needing bail.
On June 29, 2010, Hendrick permitted one of the inmates to specifically solicit bail on his behalf while in custody. On two separate occasions in March and April 2010, while on the phone with an inmate who was a potential client, he recommended the name of an attorney to the inmate.
James Morris’ Case # 12CF0727
In a separate but related case, Hendrick’s boss at James Morris Bail Bonds was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of formal probation for illegally soliciting clients from the Orange County Jail. James Everett Morris Jr., 50, Santa Ana, pleaded guilty, June 29, 2012 to three felony counts of paying a person who is not a bail licensee commission in connection with a bail transaction and one felony count of having an arrangement with a person incarcerated in jail to inform and notify defendant of arrests. As a result of his conviction, the California Department of Insurance revoked Morris’ bail bonds license.
Between Oct. 9, 2009, and Feb. 18, 2010, Morris, a licensed Bail Bonds Agent and owner of James Morris Bail Bonds, made an agreement with an inmate incarcerated in the Orange County Jail for the inmate to notify Morris when other inmates needed bail. Morris paid this inmate commissions on five separate bails based on the information he received from this inmate. He paid the commission by putting money on the inmate’s financial book in exchange for information on other inmates.
Law Addressing Bail Bond Practices
California law prohibits licensed bail bond agents from having arrangements with any person in custody to notify the agent of the fact that another person has been arrested. Only a licensed bail bonds agent is permitted to solicit or negotiate bail bonds from another. The law prohibits a bail bonds licensee from allowing any non-licensee to solicit or negotiate bail on their behalf. California law also prohibits any bail bonds licensee from providing commission or compensation of any kind to a non-licensed person.