A fake lawyer who was deported from Saint Lucia has been jailed for two years in the United Kingdom for pocketing £21,000 after handing out ‘legal advice’, according to local news reports.
It is reported that Leonard Ogilvy, 51, was sentenced on July 5, 2017.
Ogilvy had two clients who were seeking advice on employment law and another who needed help with a divorce settlement.
The three victims paid him an initial consultation fee of between £120 and £150 with the fake lawyer demanding more money for further legal advice.
Two of his victims did not go much further than that, but one of them alone paid £19,500 in legal fees.
One of the victims grew suspicious of Ogilvy’s credentials and contacted the Bar Counsel and the Law Society.
The groups told her that Ogilvy was not registered, although he tried to claim that he was.
Ogilvy was taken to Southwark Crown Court where he was found guilty of three count of fraud and willfully pretending to be a barrister.
Police described Ogilvy as a “serial con man.”
Sources here in Saint Lucia recalled that over a decade ago he was called to the Bar in Saint Lucia using forged papers but his certificate was subsequently withdrawn.
Ogilvy had also applied, unsuccessfully, to become a Magistrate in Saint Lucia.
He was later arrested and deported from this country.