Joe Arpaio's David Hendershott, Now Licensed Private Investigator

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David Hendershott, Private Eye, open for business...

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's disgraced former enforcer David Hendershott may no longer be the sheriff's chief deputy, he may stand accused of all manner of misconduct and ill-deeds during his tenure at the MCSO, but he was still able to score a license to be a private investigator from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

DPS's web page on state shamuses shows that Hendershott's PI number is1621092, which expires 11/21/13. A spokesperson for DPS confirmed that this is indeed the same David Hendershott fired by Arpaio back in April of 2011.

Hendershott's license was issued in November of this year, and he has his own firm, called, ironically, "Discreet Investigations," which he advertises on the site Manta.com with an address in north Phoenix. 

Thing is, I'm not exactly sure how "discreet" a blustery, power-addicted top cop who once threatened to "machine-gun" recalcitrant deputies for refusing to deliver search warrants on the sheriff's enemies can be. 

The erstwhile county kingpin is listed as "owner" in the ad. The "products and services" offered include "child abduction recovery," "video and photographic surveillance," and "cheating spouse."

That "child abduction recovery" line is particularly rich considering that an audit by the Pinal County Sheriff's Department into MCSO improprieties slammed Hendershott for, among other things, halting an internal probe into the MCSO's failure to investigate sex crime cases in El Mirage.

The issue is described in the PCSO's report as, "Inappropriate termination by David Hendershott of an internal affairs investigation related to the adequacy of sex crimes or other investigations performed by MCSO for the El Mirage Police Department."

It goes on to describe how Hendershott, concerning the sex-crimes internal review, instructed the lead MCSO detective on the investigation to, "Put it on your back burner, don't touch it. Put it away."

Well, you could call that a kind of "discretion," I suppose. Albeit, the wrong kind.

Not all of the allegations against Hendershott were sustained by the PCSO report, but this one concerning the sex crimes was.

Discreet Investigation's trade name is registered with the Arizona Secretary of State, and is owned by a company called Global Business Links Management LLC. 

The Arizona Corporation Commission lists Hendershott as the statutory agent for GBLM and notes that it is a "foreign" or out-of-state LLC, with an address in Delaware.

The domestic address for the LLC and the address listed for Discreet Investigations on the SOS's website is the same as Hendershott's 5,700 square-foot "Tuscan Estate" rental home in Desert Hills, which my colleague Ray Stern blogged about last year

The realtor has a YouTube video online, giving viewers a virtual tour of the five bedroom, five bath house, with its basement billiard room and a plush mini-cinema. 

I have no idea if Hendershott still lives there, but you'll recall Hendershott's foreclosure problems on another property in Peoria, on which he'd taken out a $774,000 second mortgage. He and his wife have reportedly filed for bankruptcy at least twice.

The phone number listed on the SOS's site for Hendershott's PI firm is active. When I called, a man with a sonorous voice acknowledged that the number was for Discreet Investigations and that he was, indeed, David Hendershott. 

When I identified myself, Hendershott hung up.

The six month probe of shenanigans in the county sheriff's office, fronted by Pinal County sheriff and now-Congressional candidate Paul Babeu, revealed layers of alleged corruption, and implicated Hendershott and former MCSO top dogs Larry Black and Joel Fox in various unethical and allegedly criminal activities.

State statutes govern the qualifications and requirements for private investigators, and conviction or an indictment for a felony offense would disqualify someone from garnering or keeping a PI license. DPS' licensing unit is charged with keeping an eye on the gumshoes and investigating complaints against them.

But no indictments have ever resulted from the allegations against Hendershott, so Arpaio's ex-henchman is free to ply his new trade...as a private dick. 



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geezDPS
geezDPS

Hendershott was not an investigator with MCSO.  he was an administrator.  He did not have the required investigative experience to be a investigator.  way to go DPS, as ususal, favoritism to cops.  And crooked cops.  Par.

12345
12345

way to go DPS, apparently you will issue a PI license to any scumbag....

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

He could of called it "Porky's Dick Service"

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

BTW I looked at his ad in Manta, and that is some funny shit.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I was not expecting Hendershott to hang out his shingle so this surprised me.

I would not be surprised to see "Rump Ranger Investigations" come to exist before too long.

Anon
Anon

Stephen, Great reporting.

HollandDopes
HollandDopes

I see you, you see me

Watch Fox blow' Black behind the scenes

Oh Joe, youve got to know

What my fat head overlooks

Munnell will show to my boss

When he's watching for lies

You can't escape my

Private eyes

They're watching you

They see you falsely accuse

Private eyes

They're watching you

Private eyes

They're watching you watching you watching you watching you

You play with words, you're under oath

You can twist it around baby that aint enough

Cause Babeu's gonna know

If Joe lets me stay or lets me go

Just lie when subpoenas fly

Cause you can't escape my

Private eyes

They're watching you

They see your pink underoos

Private eyes

They're watching you

And Even New Times

Is watching you watching you watching you watching you

My subordinates put up a front for me

Im a spy but twice your size you see

Slip on, over civil rights

Ill still love Arpiao

Joe, Look into my private eyes

J_river31
J_river31

"But no indictments have ever resulted from the allegations against Hendershott" -----Those would be issued by the PEOPLE/citizens who heard the testimony and made the decision right??..FeathTARD Bastard..

Coz
Coz

Hendershott a private investigator, that's rich...
I would trust that POS to investigate the dog shit missing from my front yard.

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

Huh, so Hedershott's a public "dick" now? 

So that makes it official.

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

I wonder how much MCSO money will be funneled to "Discreet Investigations"?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Well, now we know who to call if our cheeseburgers are missing.

I would say he can't find his ass with both hands but he can't REACH his ass with both hands.

Tina
Tina

I somehow missed before that it was Hendershott who halted the MCSO internal affairs investigation into all the uninvestigated sex crimes in and around El Mirage. Thanks Stephen.  

Expert Shot
Expert Shot

Just think of all the great information, PERSONAL information, that a private investigator can retrieve from government agencies that no ordinary mortal can.  I'm guessing that Hendershott knows all the angles and has a few tricks up his sleeve for his enemies and accusers out there - and guess what - that Hondouras connection he established: that's his summer house location.

Marcy
Marcy

The thought of David the Blimp skulking around trying to find little lost kiddies is a bit creepy.

tom
tom

Shouldn't be too tough to spot old twinkle toes sneaking around doing his PI work. Talk about a fucking elephant in the room.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I wonder if the Blimp will join forces with Rachael Alexander in her $200 bankruptcy business.

Well, until she loses her law license in a couple months that is.

Thomas can do the landscaping for the office then!

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

So I take it he's never been convicted of any of his crimes? All felonies and misdemeanors within 5 years are automatic disqualifiers.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

So he was an unlicensed dick before DPS made him street-legal?

teknik1200
teknik1200

No surprise here, we always new he was a dick.

amadeus332
amadeus332

Hendershott should've named his business "DECEIT INVESTIGATIONS" ......The action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth.

Ted
Ted

Wow, what an incredibly rotund dickhead DPS licensed as an Arizona PI. Not a good reflection on the quality of law enforcement in Zona today!

Wanumba
Wanumba

Anyone that would slap a sheckel into that corpulent baboon's paw deserves to be robbed.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Sounds like the standards for an Arizona PI are very, very low. Sure reflects badly on this "profession".

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Note the back fat on his neck?  That is actually a camera implanted to give him eyes in the back of his head.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Maybe the county will hire him for Thomas and Aubuchon to prove their bar cases on appeal.  The other thought is that OSB may hire him to handle the Hawaiian angle of the vitally important birth certificate investigation. 

OnlyinArizona
OnlyinArizona

JUST HOW do you get a business license when you have IRS TAX LIENS that are currently against you?  And foreclosures?  And bankruptcies?  And LAWSUITS filed against you and your spouse?

What kind of insurance or bonds could he have?

OnlyinArizona
OnlyinArizona

If ANY of those he went after while employed at the MCSO (judges, county elected officials, administrators, etc.) find themselves being "surveyed" by this fat fuck, the DPS needs to be notified ASAP.
I wouldn't put it past his fat ass to try to "build" the cases that he couldn't build while he was the MACE director.
How about more late night visits?  Stalking?  How about it Hendershott?
And is he using (former) county equipment to conduct his surveilance?  He couldn't get a loan for a gumball, let alone high tech equipment.  Must have gotten it from a storage locker somewhere.
Does "facial recognition software" ring a bell? 

Jason
Jason

Hendy shouldn't be licensed to drive a car, let alone be someone's private eye.

I wonder if he's taken a hard look at himself in the mirror and realized that he abused his police powers and taxpayers' trust?

Hendy needs to go. Now.

Hmmmm.
Hmmmm.

So...he's gone from a public dick to a private one. 

Jeannenevitt
Jeannenevitt

I'm sorry did iq's drop sharply? I wouldn't give him a dog catcher's license.

Vic
Vic

Three words come to mind.  "Only in Arizona".

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

"as a private dick"

After losing his gig as the "private dick" for the Arapio, Black, Fox trio he wanted to felt needed again.  Thus his search for acceptance in the private sector wanting to be somebody's "private dick", even willing to accept money for it.

BleenGloob
BleenGloob

This guy thinks he's Cannon. Hey Frank....your first case is to find out where the missing 99.5 million dolllars went on your watch. LOL........

Wasillawitch
Wasillawitch

Hendershott's add for Discreet Investigations, which he
advertises on Manta.com, has a tab for "Write a recommendation" It
asks "Had a good experience with this business? Know and like the owners
of staff? ... (LMAO!) .... Just a fan of one of their products or services?
Tell them about it!"

There's plenty that could be "told," that's for
sure!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

If someone cares absolutely NOTHING about ethical investigations I guess this guy could be the right resource.

If you seem to be followed by a Corvette tilting heavily to one side you may want to pull into the next parking lot and see who is in the car....

Annoyed
Annoyed

Actually, it would have been by County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a fellow republican who actively sought and campaigned on Arpaio's endorsement.  The "PEOPLE/citizens" would have nothing to do with an indictment unless Montgomery chose to take the matter to a grand jury, which I do not believe he has done. 

Oh, and by the way, your an idiot.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

You are no "tiny tim."  Fat people can't make fun of other fat people.  You look like you've swallowed a beach ball, whole.

Get out and run around that apartment comples of yours a couple times.

BleenGloob
BleenGloob

It has to be low because you can't expect that fat bastard to be able to jump over anything.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

The same I was thinking reading the article.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Vic lol I thought of that too. Only it was on the Marty's police report was finally made public.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Maybe he can find some of the evidence/investigations regarding his and Arpaio's bogus cases against the state's attorney, campaign opponents, NT's owners, judges, county supervisors, and other political enemies while he's at it.

Then he can start investigating those 432 sex abuse cases he told his subordinate to "back burner."

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Tommy lolz. What color is his corvette? Is it red? .. If so I think I may have seen this guy before.

Jason
Jason

Wouldn't the Henderblimp cause the Corvette's tires to explode?

guest
guest

ethical investigations? people don't hire private investigators to perform ethical investigations. this guy, with his connections, will make quite a fine private investigator.
oh man, ethical investigation, I'm still laughing.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol he's gotta have special tires put on it to handle his weight.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Very ideological.... and 'tongue in cheek'... and yes, you are correct.

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