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News 4 Investigates: Disbarred attorney accused of offering legal services

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A St. Louis County man says he was duped by a phone attorney. (Credit: KMOV) A St. Louis County man says he was duped by a phone attorney. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A St. Louis County man says he was duped by a phony attorney. 

Baron Ray said he hired Bernard Becton to provide legal services pertaining to a bankruptcy filing and to assist with traffic tickets. 

According to the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel at the Missouri Supreme Court, Becton was disbarred in 2000. 

Court records provided by the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel accused Becton of "neglecting" multiple clients. 

Ray told News 4 he needed assistance filing bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure on the home he shares with his wife Shirley. 

According to Ray, Becton missed the filing deadline. 

"It is criminal for him to come to our home take our money and not to do what he said he was going to," said Ray. 

News 4 made multiple attempts to find Becton. 

After leaving a note at a west St. Louis County home, Becton called Investigative Reporter Chris Nagus. 

Becton left a voice mail stating Ray knew Becton "wasn't licensed." 

Becton also said, "I assisted, that's about it," and there was "No attorney client relationship. He knew my situation." 

According to court records, Becton has a history of similar accusations.

In 2012, he was accused of taking $1,900 to handle a drug case without telling his client he was disbarred.

Court records indicate he plead guilty. 

In 2015 he was accused of taking money from a different client, but records indicate he failed to appear in court on that charge. 

According to the St. Louis County Prosecutor's office there is an active arrest warrant related to the 2015 case, along with a warrant for probation violations. 

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