Criminal Justice

Lawyer takes plea in case over fictitious certificates of completion for court-ordered counseling


A criminal defense lawyer has taken a plea and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in a Las Vegas case over ficititious certificates of completion for court-ordered counseling and community service between 2008 and 2010.

Brian Bloomfield, 38, pleaded guilty to felony charges of forgery and offering a false instrument for filing or record and misdemeanor charges of conspiring to commit a crime and destruction of evidence, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He faces a possible sentence ranging from probation to a maximum of 11 years in prison when he is sentenced in April.

The certificates were allegedly used to resolve Las Vegas Justice Court misdemeanor cases. Others charged in the alleged scheme include the former owner of the counseling service at issue and a juvenile probation officer.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “Defense Lawyer Criminally Charged, Accused of Submitting Fake Certificates of Completion for Clients”

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