A man who pretended to be a lawyer, and charged clients nearly $100,000 in legal fees, was arrested on multiple charges Tuesday, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, or SLED.
Although he does not have a license to practice law, Michel V. Diago provided legal services from June 2014 to October 2017, according to arrest warrants.
The 76-year-old Laurens man charged more than $81,000 for the work, SLED said in a news release.
Diago was supposedly using the money to help with adoption and naturalization process for his client, but instead spent the $81,392 on himself, according to an arrest warrant.
Diago is not a member of the South Carolina Bar, and did not have authorization to practice law from the Supreme Court of South Carolina, an arrest warrant shows.
After the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office asked SLED to investigate, Diago was arrested.
He was taken to the Laurens County Detention Center where he was charged with practice of law without a license, and breach of trust with fraudulent intent, value $10,000 or more, jail records show.
No bond has been set for Diago, according to the jail.