Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Tampa Bay Times, Fake Tampa Lawyer Gets Four Years in Prison For Fraud, Identity Theft:
A woman who posed as an attorney even though she never passed the Bar exam, misleading judges and clients and running up bills in the name of a friend, will spend more than four years in prison, a federal judge decided Wednesday.
Roberta Guedes must serve 4 1/2 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Senior U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. also ordered Guedes to undergo mental health treatment and to pay $14,318 in restitution.
Guedes, 41, previously admitted to charges of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. She offered a tearful apology Wednesday to the people she victimized. ...
Guedes graduated from the Stetson University College of Law in 2014, but twice failed to pass the Florida Bar exam. She set up her own fake law firm anyway.
She dubbed it Ferguson and McKenzie LLC, and rented office space in Rivergate Tower at 400 N Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa, according to court records.