Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
October 12, 2007
Susan Kang Schroeder
DEFENSE ATTORNEY PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING WITH BAIL BONDSMEN IN CAPPING AND REFERRAL SCHEME
Castro and Cruz kept a stack of defendant Cavallo’s business cards at the Xtreme Bail Bond’s office. Their employees had a sheet of “to dos,” and referring clients to Cavallo was part of their written instructions. The employees were told that they would get a bonus for referring bail clients to Cavallo. They were told to tell bail clients that they would get a discount from Cavallo because they were referred for legal services by Xtreme Bail Bond.
Meanwhile, Castro and Cruz recommended their bail clients hire Cavallo. They told their bail clients that defendant Cavallo was a friend of Xtreme Bail Bonds, and would give them a reduced attorney retainer fee. They would then make appointments for the bail client to visit Cavallo. In some cases, they would drive their cars to defendant Cavallo’s law office after directing bail clients to follow them. They would quote Cavallo’s retainer price to bail clients. They instructed bail clients to tell defendant Cavallo that they were referred to Cavallo by Xtreme Bail Bond.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh is prosecuting this case.