Within the last 6 months, I have had some credit card purchases flagged for possible fraud. Sure enough, the charges were fraud. Not surprisingly, while in Virginia, I was not buying gasoline in Texas. Nor was I making a Walmart purchase in Maryland. Unfortunately, someone had gotten my credit card number.
Stealing a credit card number is bad enough, but the New York Daily News tells a story of the stolen identity of a lawyer. Then, the thief took it a step farther and used the identity for employment.
A Brooklyn man who identified himself as Shlomo Dickerman, stole a lawyer’s identify and then set up a law office to begin practicing law. As Dickerman, who really was a lawyer, the impostor filled out a court registration form while using the real lawyer’s social security number, date of birth and law school. However, the Shlomo first name was a bit different because the imposter claimed in his registration application, that he was changing his first name to his “Hebrew version”.
The impostor lawyer opened his office in Brighton Beach and began filing lawsuits including a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York, for unsuspecting clients. The fake lawyer appeared at least eight times in cases including one in which the FBI secretly taped his court appearance. Finally, the FBI caught him when they visited his office as undercover potential clients, where he quoted them a $5,000 retainer to be applied against his $400 an hour rate.
Looking back at his “practice of law”; in one case where he represented an immigrant facing deportation, the court noted that the complaint filed was “hardly a model of clarity”. One unhappy client rated Schlomo Dickerman on Avvo as “a terrible lawyer who takes his sweet time in handling a case”. To date, according to the reporter, the FBI is still trying to figure out his real identity.
I admit that I am a bit excited over NFL football starting, even though it’s only preseason. So, I guess it’s time to bring out the Eli Manning pic o’. I know… I’m probably the only one that finds humor in this, so just please excuse my blog nonsense.
And for pic o’ day…