Plano Man Who Faked Being Lawyer Gets Prison

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    A Plano man who faked being an attorney and represented an immigration client before a judge in South Texas is going to federal prison.

    Prosecutors in Laredo on Tuesday announced 28-year-old Dale Allen Richardson Jr. must serve more than five years in prison.

    Richardson in October was convicted of obstructing justice and making false statements in court. He went before a U.S. magistrate and unlawfully represented a person charged with illegally entering the U.S.

    Another judge Monday sentenced Richardson to 65 months for obstruction, plus 60 months for the false statements. The sentences will run currently. He was fined $3,000 and must pay more than $25,000 in restitution to his duped clients.

    The FBI determined Richardson falsely claimed to be licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Oklahoma.