LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff’s investigators are searching for a man who fraudulently acted as an attorney.
They say 38-year-old Rafael Herrera is facing a felony charge of fraud.
Authorities say Herrera allegedly took retainers for services he never provided to an unknown number of victims.
According to court documents, Herrera worked for a Las Cruces law firm from October 2011 to September 2012.
He allegedly misrepresented himself as an attorney to at least one woman who claims Herrera charged her a $2,500 retainer for an immigration case.
The firm’s principal attorney was doing business in Carlsbad at the time.
When the man returned to Las Cruces, discrepancies in the bookkeeping led him to believe Herrera misappropriated funds and collected from people whose cases weren’t legally being represented by the firm.