Authorities are looking for a Miami Gardens man who has been charged with pretending to be a licensed attorney.
State records show Imer Amando Perez is considered a fugitive, serving a 15-year probation for aggravated child abuse.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Perez has been charged with three counts of practicing law without a license, as well as grand theft charges.
State prosecutors say in one incident Perez fashioned a retainer agreement with the family of convicted felon Scotty Posada, collecting $70,000.
Perez allegedly told the Posada family he would “guarantee” the inmate’s release from state prison where he is serving a 27-year term for robbery and kidnapping charges.
Perez also charged $500 to represent a person in traffic court and offered another individual legal services for a non-refundable $20,000 fee, according to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.
“It is always a shameful act when swindlers walk the halls of our courthouse taking advantage of individuals in need,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a news release.
“Guaranteeing a legal result, irrelevant of the existing evidence, is the surest sign that some sort of trickery is at play. Don’t be a victim of a scam.”
She suggested that if there are any questions about legal representation, the public can always check a lawyer’s status with the Florida Bar.