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The Case of the Bogus Law Firm

Skeptics might be wary of a law firm Web site that features the misspelled promise: "We Garuantee Results!!!!!!!" But in today's South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reporter Jon Burstein tells the story of the bogus law firm T.A. Brockington & Associates, whose Web site boasted of an "elite team" of lawyers with 36 years of experience successfully helping prisoners regain their freedom. It turns out, as Burstein reports:

"The 'team' really was just one man, a felon using a Web site to defraud prison inmates and their families by preying on their hopes of getting reduced sentences, according to the state Attorney General's Office. The agency obtained an injunction last week preventing William L. Daniel, 33, of Pompano Beach from continuing to operate T.A. Brockington & Associates or any other legal service business, court documents show. Daniel's criminal record includes convictions for robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, grand theft, burglary and kidnapping."

The state has not filed criminal charges against the fake lawyer, but it has filed a consumer-fraud lawsuit. Daniel allegedly took money from at least three families, with payments ranging from $1,800 to $5,500.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on May 3, 2006 at 11:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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