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La Cañada attorney arrested for alleged involvement in $1.2-million fraud scheme

La Cañada attorney arrested for alleged involvement in $1.2-million fraud scheme

Using a phone book — that archaic yellow-toned tome now mostly found in hotels and Airbnb rentals trying to be hotels — should be fairly harmless. But, for R. Landis, that seemingly innocuous act all but bankrupted her.

Eric Wood, Landis’ son and a former La Cañada Flintridge resident, said it was around 2011 when his mother, now 72, was looking for help in getting a divorce. According to Wood, his mother was living in Sacramento at the time and didn’t have the funds to hire a lawyer.

“She looked in the phone book and found a legal aid group [in Pasadena] and this gentleman … answered the phone,” Wood said. “She said he could help her through all the process of...

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