The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
This might be Practical Paralegalism’s criminal activity shocker for the month. California paralegal Mario Abernathy admitted buying an 84-year old lawyer’s practice for $20, after befriending him and then having him sign a power of attorney giving Mr. Abernathy control of his property. The lawyer was in the early stages of dementia.
Mr. Abernathy has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding an elderly person and ordered to pay $15,300 in restitution.
What is more shocking? The terrible abuse of an elderly person by the paralegal, or the fact that he paid $20 for an entire law practice when he’s not licensed to practice law?