Fake Brooklyn attorney charged with stealing $50G from Russian immigrant victims
December 6, 2016
As published by the NY Daily News on December 5, 2016.
A defiant Brooklyn man went against prosecutor’s orders to stop taking advantage of Russian immigrants by posing as an attorney to steal their money, according to officials from the attorney general’s office.
“This defendant has time and time again held himself out as a resource to many in the immigrant community, but instead has allegedly lined his own pockets at the expense of vulnerable New Yorkers,” said state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
After prosecutors entered into a judgment with Mikhail Perlov in 2015, where he was ordered to pay back $40,000 and was permanently banned him from misrepresenting himself as an attorney, he allegedly continued to maintain the scam.
Perlov, 31, was charged on an 18-count indictment on Monday for stealing over $50,000 from multiple victims between January 2013 and August 2016.
One of his alleged victims included a 78-year-old who shelled out $20,000 in legal fees for an non-existent civil lawsuit.
“This type of fraud is particularly egregious as its preys on those who are in need of legal assistance. My office will remain vigilant against fraudsters who target our immigrant communities, particularly at a time of heightened fear and anxiety,” said Schneiderman.
Perlov allegedly defrauded his clients by maintaining an office in Sheepshead Bay and posted advertisements through an online service operated by Russian-language newspaper Russkaya Reklama.
“We will be discussing this matter with the Attorney General’s Office and address the charges in a responsible manner in court,” said Perlov’s attorney Alan Abramson.
If convicted, Perlov faces 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison.