Lake Balboa man charged with impersonation of attorney, improperly charging clients – NBC Los Angeles
A Lake Balboa man who has previously been convicted of illegally practicing law is expected to be brought to justice on Monday on nine counts of allegedly falsely claiming to be a licensed attorney and providing legal services in family law and law cases. personal injury, as well as other legal matters.
Efferin Deans, 55, is charged with three counts of robbery and practicing law without being a member of the state bar after a previous conviction, two counts of preparing false documentary evidence and one count of perjury by statement, according to the district attorney’s office.
Deans allegedly claimed to own the Deans & Associates law firms in Canoga Park between January 2019 and September 2021 and allegedly filed court documents and was on file as a certified lawyer, according to the district attorney’s office.
He is also accused of providing clients and court staff with business cards and other indications of his legal capacity in order to secure payment of fees and expenses, according to the Office of the district attorney.
“The practice of unlicensed law is illegal in California, unfair to the unsuspecting client, and can cause irreparable harm to the client’s case,” District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement announcing the case.
The case, filed last week, stems from an investigation by the Notario Fraud Unit of the District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division, with help from the County of Consumer Affairs and Consumer Affairs Department. Los Angeles and the State Bar of California.
The criminal complaint alleges that Deans has previous convictions of 2010 for unlawful practice of law and 1999 for criminal threats.