Warning: Suits Season 5 Spoilers Ahead
Well, the trial is over and Mike has booked his room at Club Fed, but we have a feeling that Mr. Ross isn’t the only inmate doing time at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution for fraud. Heck, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mike was sharing a cell with another bogus barrister -- turns out, fake lawyering is a pretty common occurrence out in the real world. Just check out some of these recent stories we dug up!
Preying On The Weak
Unfortunately, not every fake lawyer out there has a heart of gold like our Mikey. A Los Angeles man named Jesus Lozano falsely claimed to be an attorney in order to bilk immigrants out of their hard earned cash for years. When his clients complained, Lozano would often threaten to report them to immigration agencies unless they kept quiet. The crazy thing is, Lozano was a known quantity: he had been held in contempt of court on multiple occasions and was even forced to serve some jail time and pay restitution to his victims, but it took authorities more than a decade to shut him down! (Source: Los Angeles Times)
Some People Can’t Help Themselves
Talk about bold! Already at court facing assault charges, Philadelphia man Kyle Arnold figured he might as well make a little lemonade and presented himself as a lawyer to the girlfriend of ANOTHER man being charged in an unrelated case. Arnold convinced the man’s girlfriend to pay him $1,300 for his trouble and then disappeared. Police eventually picked him up right outside the courthouse attempting to use the very same scam on another unsuspecting victim. (Source: Delaware County Times)
Faking Her Way To The Top
A Pennsylvania woman named Kimberly Kitchen managed to practice to law for more than a decade before the firm she worked for found out she had never attended law school. It turned out that Kitchen, by most accounts a caring and conscientious attorney who had even served as the president of her county bar, had forged numerous documents to back up her story, including a law license, bar results, and even a check for state attorney registration fees. It was only when Kitchen was promoted to partner by her firm that her deceit was uncovered -- shades of Mike Ross, to be sure! (Source: NBC News)
The Old Switcheroo
It seems a Hartford, CT lawyer named Joseph Elder, upon giving a client some questionable advice, posed as another attorney in order to get out of hot water with local police. His impulsive action kicked off a long-running feud with the actual attorney whose identity he briefly stole and wound up costing him the ability to practice law for a year -- not to mention $73,000 in damages. Is it just us, or does this have Louis’ name written all over it? (Source: Hartford Courant)
What’s In A Name?
Attorney Stephen G. Dickerman of New York seemingly retired from his law practice of more than forty years, only to re-hang his shingle in a new part of town and start going by the name Shlomo. Shlomo began bringing Federal cases but complaints about his performance followed and he soon attracted the attention of the FBI. It didn’t take long for the Feds to learn the shocking truth: this “new” Stephen was an imposter! Shlomo was actually Steven H. Dickman, a disbarred attorney with a criminal past who had simply renewed the real Stephen’s attorney registration after it had lapsed. Pro tip: if you’re going to be a fake lawyer, be a GOOD fake lawyer. (Source: New York Times)
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