Friday, November 12, 2010

More Allegedly Forged Court Orders.



I can't imagine the place you have to be in your life as an attorney to forge court orders to present to a client. 

When you think about the hard work you've put in to become a professional, from college to law school to passing the bar to establishing a practice, and yet here you are, at the word processor, faking a judge's signature -- to me it's astounding but allegedly all the rage here in South Florida:
A Coral Springs lawyer forged the signatures of two Miami-Dade judges while lying to a client about a bogus lawsuit settlement, authorities said Wednesday.

The lawyer, Frank J. Ingrassia, who was working with a disgraced foreclosure rescue company called Outreach Housing, was arrested last week in Broward County and charged with three felonies involving the forgery of court documents.

Ingrassia, who was disbarred last month for the misconduct, drew headlines in 2008 after he began preemptively suing banks for providing allegedly fraudulent mortgages. Aventura businessman William Klein hired Ingrassia to sue his bank after reading a Miami Herald article about the attorney's efforts.

According to an arrest affidavit released Wednesday, Ingrassia presented Klein with paperwork showing a $1 million settlement signed by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maxine Cohen Lando, and a foreclosure dismissal order signed by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ronald Dresnick.

But neither judge had signed any such legal documents, and they were never filed in court, according to an arrest affidavit by Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Michelle Bufalino.

Klein said Ingrassia even recounted to him detailed and ultimately bogus tales of dramatic courtroom hearings. 

Klein is still engaged in a legal battle to keep his Aventura condo.

Ingrassia ``performed a two-year charade,'' Klein said.
If true, this is just an amazing story of lawyer misconduct.  Of course I'd love to see the allegedly forged orders and compare them to Scott Rothstein's handiwork.

But I'm funny like that.

10 comments:

  1. You're such a goody two shoes.

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  2. You seriously have never forged a judge's signature? Rube.

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  3. Three words describe it best, "Coral Springs Lawyer".

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  4. I think it is horrible that lawyers can forge documents, and that if you try to bring this to the court it is expensive, likely that the attorney you hire may be as crooked as the first and that you may be the target of a psychopath (the lawyer who commited the forgery) and a target for them. We need tort reform. I think those who condone this behavior are scum.

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