Peekskill woman sentenced for falsely acting as attorney

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WHITE PLAINS – A Peekskill woman was sentenced to five years of probation on a charge of offering a false instrument for filing as a felony for acting as a lawyer for a client in a civil matter in Pleasantville Village Court.
Westchester District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. said Delilah Torres, 42, first appeared in Pleasantville Village Court on June 26, 2017, identifying herself as the attorney for a client. After receiving instructions from the clerk on how to proceed, Torres faxed a series of documents to the court, resulting in the matter being scheduled for hearing on June 27, 2017.
Torres appeared in court on that date again claiming to be the attorney for her client. When she appeared in court after a two-day adjournment, she was questioned about her credentials, claiming she had graduated from Columbia Law School on May 18, 2017, but had not yet taken the bar exam. She was ordered to return to court on July 3, 2017 with proof she was admitted to practice and that she had attended Columbia. She never reappeared.
Records from the state and the university confirmed Torres never graduated from or even attended Columbia, never took the state bar exam, and had never been admitted to practice in New York.