Criminal Justice

Nonlawyer Who Handled More than 60 Cases Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

A Chicago-area man who posed as a lawyer and handled more than 60 cases has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Tahir Malik was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to forgery and impersonation of a lawyer, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He represented people in traffic and low-level criminal cases, mortgage foreclosures, and city board hearings, the Sun-Times says.

Investigators believed he charged $500 to $4,500 per case, but Malik reportedly said many clients never paid him.

Malik is a convicted burglar with no formal legal training. His father previously told the Chicago Tribune his son may have picked up some skills watching legal dramas on television.

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