James Everett Morris and Kenneth Lance Hendrick, OC Bail Bondsmen, Charged with Multiple Felonies

Categories: Crime-iny
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Two bail bond agents are facing multiple felony charges that they used inmates to drum up business inside the Orange County County Jail. James Everett Morris and Kenneth Lance Hendrick, both 49, have been charged by the Orange County District Attorney's Office with a total of 14 felony counts. Both allegedly orchestrated arrangements with jail inmates, who notified the defendants when they had been arrested. Both men worked for James Morris Bail Bonds.


The lion's share of the charges are being leveled at Hendrick, who lives in Mission Viejo. He faces 11 years and eight months in state prison for allegedly making an agreement with 11 inmates between March 4 and Dec. 6, 2010 to notify him when they needed bail. The DA's office says one of the inmates solicited the others on Hendrick's behalf. He was arrested on March 9 of this year and as if things weren't bad enough for him, authorities say Hendrick had meth in his sock while being taken into custody--officials "tweaked" the charges accordingly.

Meanwhile, Santa Ana resident Morris faces a maximum sentence of five years in the hoosegow for his alleged crimes, which include paying commissions to an inmate's financial book in exchange for information pertaining to the bails of five other inmates. 

While incarceration is never a walk in the park, it seems this duo made some valuable contacts in the joint. If convicted, this could mean an easier, softer jailhouse experience. Of course, there's no word on how many bounties their agency tallied prior to the arrests.

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richardpweisz
richardpweisz

sad, turns out i know jim morris , nice guy, sad to see him in this predicament....

daivdl
daivdl

 @richardpweisz 

He may be "nice"....but he's a felon.  He knowingly broke the law.  Good riddance.

Bail Bondsman
Bail Bondsman

Its very unfortunate that these types of things occur. Thank you to Sheriff Hutchens for monitoring illegal activity.  

mitch young
mitch young

I don't get it -- why is it illegal for bailbondsmen to contact prisoners? Given recidivism rates, that's there future customers.

Baron
Baron

Hi Mitch, the concept is that inmates and/or their family members should be able to freely decide which bail agency is best for their particular circumstances, sans any semblance of coercion. 

Given that being arrested is a highly charged, emotional situation, where families are potentially most vulnerable, (particularly when they've never before been in this situation), the potential for abuse is not insignificant.  

Removing bail bondsmen (who are, obviously, going to be biased in their own favor) out of the equation, allows families to make a more levelheaded, informed decision.

Greg
Greg

That's a good answer Baron.  On another note, it's often these same bail bond companies that are stalking potential customers in the parking lot of the jail.  It would not be unusual for 10 different bondsman to approach a customer as they park their car at the county courthouse.  It's kind of like when you walk across the border into Tijuana and are rushed by 15 different taxi drivers.  It can be intimidating (especially at night) Greg at www.888bailbond.com.

OC Bondsman
OC Bondsman

Most bail bond agencies are runby local families in a professional, ethical and compassionate manner. Unfortunately,there are the occasional “bad apples”, as there are in most businesses.

 

As an industry, we arepleased that the District Attorney’s office is prosecuting this case. We knowthat it has taken many hours of hard work by the Sheriff’s Department toinvestigate and present this case to the DA.

 

Sheriff Hutchens is makinga valiant and aggressive effort to clean-up our jails and the bail bondindustry. Thank you to all those that have helped to bring these illegal actsto court.

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