Woman accused of posing as lawyer pleads guilty to fraud charge

ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - A woman who was accused of posing as a lawyer has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge.

Prosecutors say Antonia Barrone bilked hundred of New Yorkers out of more than $23,000 over the course of nearly five years.

Among her clients were prison inmates and their families who hired her to handle parole appeals.

In her scheme, Barrone filed legal documents with forged signatures and fake notary stamps, wrote letters on behalf of consumers on letterhead bearing the name of the fictitious law firm “Stacchini & Barrone, Attorneys at Law,” and appropriated the name of a licensed attorney, without that attorney’s knowledge.

Barrone used multiple different names, including Mario Vrendenberg, Antonio Barrone, Mario Stacchini, Mario Helems, T. Helems, and Mark Vredenburg.

Barrone is scheduled to be sentenced to 1 1/2 to 3 years in state prison next month. 

She’s already serving time for an unrelated conviction.


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