Fake Clayton lawyer gets 4-month sentence - KMOV.com

Fake Clayton lawyer gets 4-month sentence

   CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A man who falsely presented himself as a successful lawyer, millionaire entrepreneur and candidate for Missouri lieutenant governor is now an inmate.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 31-year-old Dustin Mitchell has been sentenced in St. Louis County to four months behind bars. He pleaded guilty to a theft charge relating to a $1,000 retainer fee he accepted in January while pretending to be a lawyer.

   Mitchell also filed court documents in three other criminal cases. In one of them, while representing an Arnold man accused of attacking a hospital security guard, he persuaded a judge to reduce the man's bail and release the man from jail.

   Mitchell's scheme imploded when he represented himself in a small claims suit and used a real lawyer's Missouri Bar number.

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   Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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