Michael Brown, 60, of North Lauderdale, was thinking about hiring a lawyer.
He met Clifford Gene Fleetwood, 50, also of North Lauderdale, who reportedly identified himself as a lawyer and even gave Brown a business card that, according to a complaint affidavit, read, "Dr. Clifford G. Fleetwood, PhD., E. JD Attorney At Law," reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Fleetwood is described as a legal scholar listed in "Who's Who In American Law," and "Who's Who in the World," according to a website that the Sheriff's Office said Fleetwood administers.
Brown made an appointment with Fleetwood, and, after a meeting at Brown's home, he hired Fleetwood.
Brown paid $1,200 to Fleetwood over a two-week period, the report said.
Then Brown became suspicious when he saw Fleetwood appearing drunk and waiting at a bus stop in North Lauderdale.
Authorities on Monday arrested Fleetwood.
He was charged with grand theft and the unlicensed practice of law.
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Fake lawyer clue: You see the guy you hired as your lawyer drunk at a bus stop
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