Woman speaks out in Home Base Corruption
KENNEWICK, Wash. - A woman said she was led to believe her domestic violence charge could be dropped for a steep fine. She's one of the many people allegedly tricked by attorneys Tyler Morris and Jeff Finney who now face federal charges for bribery and conspiracy.
The woman who does not want to be identified said she was arrested for domestic violence last year but found it odd she never went before a judge. She said she hired defense attorney Jeff Finney who told her he could work a deal out with Assistant City of Kennewick Prosecutor Tyler Morris. She said she dropped $1,500 off at Finney's office and never had to show up for court again. About six months later when the FBI came knocking on her door, she knew her money never made it to a Home Base program.
"I never did go in front of a judge... they asked me about what happened and would I come testify against them and I said I absolutely would," said the former defendant.
Other defense attorneys in Benton County are also official witnesses in the case. Many knew of the program but did not know the lawyers were allegedly pocketing the cash.