A former Brooklyn lawyer allegedly attempted to represent an individual in Queens Civil Court, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Jaime Rodriguez allegedly practiced law after having been disbarred for 14 years, according to Brown; at no point did the defendant ever reapply for his license.

On Oct. 19, 2015, according to prosecutors Rodriguez filed a notice of appearance to go forth as counsel in the case of Check Cashers of New York Inc., against Miguel Silva.  Rodriguez used the identity of his 2002 disciplinary hearing attorney, Andres Runne, in order to appear in court as counsel for Silva.

However, prosecutors said, Runne, who is retired, reported that he had not spoken to Rodriguez since the 2002 hearing, nor did he personally know Rodriguez’s current client Silva.  Rodriguez allegedly reached out to Silva and charged him a total of $800 for his services. Silva claims to have been unaware that Rodriguez was disbarred.

Rodriguez was charged last week with offering a false instrument in the first degree, petit larceny and violating Judiciary Law 486. If convicted, he could face up to four years in prison.  He was ordered to return to court on Feb. 16.


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Tillman February 04, 2016 / 02:06AM
This is no different than Cesar Vargas---an illegal border-jumper hiding in Staten island---being given permission recently by a panel of NY judges to practice law even though he's a criminal himself.

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