SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – A 61-year-old Newport Beach man has been sentenced to four years in prison, or credit for time served in jail, for posing as an attorney to steal from several clients he promised to help with debt consolidation and mortgage payments, according to court records obtained Wednesday.
James Frank Barker, who was sentenced on Friday, pleaded guilty Feb. 14, 2020, to 23 felonies that included grand theft, money laundering and forgery with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime between $100,000 and $500,000, property loss exceeding $200,000 and property damage exceeding $65,000.READ MORE: Moviegoers Finally Back In Theaters, Excited For Summer Blockbuster 'Fast And Furious 9'
Barker posed as an attorney between December 2013 and July 2015 when he solicited clients with promises to consolidate their debts and lower mortgage payments through loan modifications, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.READ MORE: Man Shot To Death In Unincorporated Area Near South Los Angeles
Barker did not do any of the services he promised, prosecutors said. Barker was arrested in May 2017.MORE NEWS: Cat Named Hog Allegedly Taken By Uber Eats Driver Back Home In Studio City
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