A Northern Westchester woman was indicted on charges she pretended to be an attorney and even represented a client during a court proceeding, according to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr.
Delilah Torres, 42, of Peekskill was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies, for representing herself as an attorney, and one count of practicing or appearing as an attorney-at-law without being admitted and registered, said Scarpino.
Torres first appeared in Pleasantville Village Court on June 26, identifying herself as the attorney for a client. After receiving instructions from the clerk on how to proceed, Torres faxed a series of documents to the court, resulting in the matter being scheduled for hearing on June 27, the DA's Office said.
Torres appeared in court on June 27, again claiming to be the attorney for her client. At that appearance, Torres provided a Notice of Appearance and a Notice of Motion to the court. In both documents, she purported herself to be an attorney, they added.
The matter was adjourned to June 29, when Torres appeared in Pleasantville Village Court again as her client’s attorney. When questioned by the court on her credentials, Torres claimed she graduated from Columbia Law School on May 18 but had not yet taken her bar exam. She was ordered to return to court on July 3, with proof that she was admitted to practice and attended Columbia Law School but never appeared.
Records from the Office of Court Administration, the New York State Board of Law Examiners, and Columbia University confirmed that Torres never attended or graduated from Columbia Law School, never took the New York State Bar Exam and has never been admitted to practice in the State of New York, the DA's office said.
Torres pled not guilty. She is being held at the Westchester County Jail on $15,000 cash/$15,000 bond.
Her next court date is Nov. 16. She faces a maximum of up to four years in state prison if found guilty.
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