NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a New York City man pretended to be a lawyer specializing in wrongful convictions in order to swindle as much as $15,000 from convicts and their families.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office indicted 53-year-old Kenneth Moore on Tuesday on 75 counts, including multiple counts of larceny and fraud. Prosecutors say Moore ran a fake legal clinic out of his Brooklyn apartment, charging between $5,000 and $15,000 for legal services.
Moore is not a registered attorney.
Moore pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment Tuesday.
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Officials say his victims included 14 convicts from New York state. Prosecutors say Moore would stay in touch with an inmate and their families until receiving a major payment — after which he would go silent.