“Just Preparing Documents” Results in Felony Charges
“Just preparing documents” or engaging in the crime of impersonating a lawyer?
Nebraskan M.A. Yah, owner of Parental Rights in Omaha, has been charged this week with three counts of felony criminal impersonation, with more charges possible. Douglas County Judge Lyn White was not impressed with Yah’s perhaps ill-advised statement in open court that his company “just prepares documents.”
After telling Yah that he’s not authorized to prepare legal documents (for which he charged clients $1,450), Judge White ordered him jailed, pending payment of bail in the amount of $40,000.
It’s difficult to tell from online news articles exactly what kind of professional Yah is claiming to be. I can’t locate a professional website for Parental Rights, and the titles paralegal or legal assistant – and most important, lawyer – don’t show up in association with the name M.A. Yah. A county prosecutor told the court Yah has multiple aliases, but no evidence of a law license to date.
Already the recipient of a cease-and-desist letter from the Nebraska State Bar Association, Yah will be assigned a public defender to plead his case. That lawyer not only has to deal with Yah’s statement that his company prepared documents in litigation matters, but also with Yah’s previous run-ins with the law. According to Omaha.com, he’s currently on parole for bank fraud.