SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – A 61-year-old man from Newport Beach was sentenced to four years in prison, or a credit for time spent in jail, for posing as a lawyer to rob several clients he had promised to help debt consolidation and mortgage payments, according to court records obtained Wednesday.
James Frank Barker, who was convicted on Friday, pleaded guilty on February 14, 2020, to 23 crimes including robbery, money laundering and counterfeiting with sentence increases for aggravated white collar crime between 100,000 and $ 500,000, loss of property exceeding $ 200,000 and property damage exceeding $ 65,000.
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Barker posed as a lawyer between December 2013 and July 2015 when he solicited clients with promises to consolidate their debts and reduce mortgage payments through loan modifications, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
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Barker did not perform any of the services promised, prosecutors said. Barker was arrested in May 2017.
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