A disbarred Carson attorney faces Ventura identity theft charges for posing as a Ventura County attorney. The man faces five felony charges, including practicing law without a license, identity theft, false personation, burglary and grand theft. He also faces charges in a separate case involving fraudulent loans in Los Angeles County.
According to investigators, the man collected $12,000 from a Ventura resident for legal services. He also made appearances and filed papers with the Ventura County Superior Court while posing as another attorney. In addition, the man conducted more than $10,000 of legal research using the other attorney’s name.
The State Bar of California initially suspended the man’s law license in 2016. Then, the same body disbarred him in 2017 after charging him with 17 counts of misconduct. The State Bar of California determined that the man sought loans against contingency fees from personal injury cases. He wasn’t associated with the cases and knew that the cases had not settled when seeking the advance loans.
The attorney provided falsified documents to the loan company, indicating that he would receive significant fees from the cases. He also presented similar documents to other loan companies, seeking additional cash advances. One of the loan companies became suspicious of the settlement documents and declined to lend money to the defendant. The subsequent investigation revealed the extent of the loan fraud and resulted in a State Bar complaint.
In addition to the five felony charges, the man also faces three special allegations of committing crimes in multiple jurisdictions. He has pleaded not guilty to all felony charges and has denied the special allegations. Following his arrest, he posted a $100,000 bond and will return to court on January 31.
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