A La Mirada man was behind bars Friday on suspicion of continuing to take money from clients and practicing law after having being disbarred last year, police said.
Alhambra police arrested Gerald Garcia-Barron, 46, Wednesday at his La Mirada home on suspicion of several felony counts of grand theft and practicing law without a license, according to Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson. He also uses the name Gerry L. Garcia.
“Despite Mr. Garcia-Barron losing his law license in 2011, he continued to represent himself as a practicing attorney for several months,” Johnson said. Mr. Garcia-Barron solicited clients and accepted money from victims as a retainer.”
He entered a not guilty plea Friday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court, and was ordered to return to court April 30 for a prelminary hearing setting, court officials said.
Several victims have been identified already, the sergeant said, and police were seeking any additional victims.
He generally met with his prospective clients at coffee houses in the Alhambra area, police added.
Anyone with information was asked to call Alhambra police detectives at 626-570-5136.
Bail was recommended at $160,000, officials said.
If convicted as charged, Garcia-Barron faces up to seven years in state prison.
PHOTO of Gerald Garcia-Barron courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department