Phony Divorce Lawyer Sentenced to One Year in Jail for Preying on Immigrants

Press Release

On January 16, 2013, Jose Barrera was sentenced to one year in jail for falsely claiming to be an attorney and scheming to take money from women seeking divorces. Barrera had previously pleaded guilty to Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, and Unauthorized Practice of Law. Between February and August of 2011, Barrera defrauded three women by advertising his services in publications such as AM New York and El Diario, in which he identified himself as “Dr. Jose Barrera, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.T” and offered “fast, economical, and professional services.” When Barrera met with the victims who responded to the ad, all of whom paid approximately $1,600 to the defendant, he claimed to be an attorney and gave them business cards that stated he was an “attorney-at-law.”