ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A disbarred former attorney is facing charges after allegedly signing another attorney’s name and attempting to represent a woman in court.
According to court documents, Bernard Anthony Becton, 55, of St. Louis, signed another attorney’s name, but provided his own phone number while attempting to represent a woman in the St. Louis County Family Court between April 30 and May 4. A clerk for the court told police Becton had appeared in court and represented himself to be an attorney.
When police confronted Becton, he told them he was working as a paralegal for the attorney he attempted to sign as and that he was given permission to sign his name, authorities said.
The attorney whose name Becton allegedly forged said he had no knowledge or consent regarding the court appearance or signature.
According to the attorney, Becton told him ‘I am sorry, I was doing it for a friend, can you give me a break” when confronted about the incident.
The woman who Becton was attempting to represent said she had paid him $325 to represent her. She said he represented himself as a licensed attorney and never mentioned working for, or with, another attorney.
Becton is charged with making a false declaration and stealing under $500.
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