Homeless Nonlawyer Accused of Seeking Legal Clients Through Parental Alienation Group
A homeless nonlawyer in Washington State offered his legal services through a parental alienation group and a website, taking fees from at least two would-be clients, prosecutors say.
Arnold “Arnie” Newman Jr. has been charged with two counts of first-degree theft and two counts of unlawful practice of law, SeattlePI.com reports. He is also the subject of a cease-and-desist order issued by the state bar association, the story says.
Newman, also known as Michael Leonard, is accused of telling one man to ignore court dates, according to court documents by detective Annette Scholl of Federal Way. He is accused of promising another client he could “get spectacular results using strategies that most attorneys don’t use,” Scholl wrote.
He offered his legal services through a organization called Parents Against Parental Alienation, the story says.
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