Sikeston man sentenced for posing as licensed attorney

A Sikeston, Missouri man who pleaded guilty to stealing the identity of an attorney was sentenced to prison on Thursday.

United States District Judge E. Richard Webber says 51-year-old James Arnold graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law, Kansas City in 1992, but never passed the Missouri Bra examination.

Arnold has never been licensed to practice law in Missouri or elsewhere.

Between 2010 and 2014, Arnold told individuals, law firms, legal staffing agencies, and other businesses that he was a licensed attorney.

He also used the name and Missouri Bar number of a licensed Missouri attorney to apply for jobs and file court documents.

Approximately $530,000 was taken from victims.

In January, Arnold pleaded guilty to mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, and failure to file tax returns.

He was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

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