Non-lawyer pleads not guilty to scam accusations
June 6, 2011 · Updated 12:10 PM
A Federal Way man accused of posing as a lawyer and scamming parents has pleaded not guilty.
Arnold “Arnie” Newman Jr. entered his plea June 2, according to King County Prosecutor’s office, and remains in custody at the Regional Justice Center in Kent on $25,000 bail. Newman, 55, is charged with two counts of unlawful practice of law and two counts of first-degree theft.
The initial charging papers indicate two victims, but more have been found, according to Federal Way police. Newman was charged last month after the state’s Practice of Law Board released results of an investigation. Newman advertised his services through a website for PAPA (Parents Against Parental Alienation). Victims each paid Newman $3,000 or $3,500 to assist with family and child custody matters, according to charging papers. The board eventually issued a cease and desist order to Newman, who is not a licensed attorney.
According to charging papers, victims who sought Newman’s services also spoke with someone who identified himself as Michael Leonard. Some online scam reports claim Newman used another alias, Paul Panera.