Officials: Fake lawyer, cheated and exploited convicts

NEW YORK – Prosecutors say a New York City man pretended to be a lawyer specializing in wrongful convictions in order to deceive as much as a $15,000 of the condemned and their families.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office charged 53-year-old Kenneth Moore on Tuesday, on 75 counts, including multiple counts of larceny and fraud. Prosecutors say Moore ran a fake legal clinic from Brooklyn, to his apartment, charging between $5,000 and $15,000 for legal services.

Moore is not registered as a lawyer.

Moore pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment Tuesday.

Officials say his victims were 14 convicts from the state of New York. Prosecutors say that Moore would remain in contact with an inmate and their families to receive an important payment after which he would go silent.

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