MIAMI LAKES, Florida. – A Miami Lakes man faces multiple felony charges after prosecutors accused him of posing as an attorney to two potential clients and the state, taking money for services legal advice he never provided and, in an expletive-laden text message, threatening at least one victim who filed a complaint with the state bar.
Prosecutors charged 28-year-old Ian Anthony Medina with practicing law without a license, an organized scheme to defraud, robbery and misrepresentation to the Florida Department of State.
According to an arrest warrant, the Florida Bar had received complaints that Medina posed as an attorney and took money for legal services he never provided and asked the attorney’s office to Miami-Dade State to investigate.
The warrant says Medina posted a fake Florida Bar card with a number that actually belonged to another local attorney, Alexander Clavero, who said he didn’t know Medina personally and didn’t authorize him to use his bar number.
“Mr. Clavero indicated that he knew (sic) someone named Ian Medina because he had been contacted and informed by several of the defendant’s former classmates from Emory Law School,” indicates the mandate.
The warrant says a victim paid Medina $3,500 through the Square payment app for legal services he never provided after Medina called him, unsolicited, offering to pay him. represent in a personal injury claim. He indicates that Medina became unresponsive after receiving the money.
It says another victim, a woman, paid Medina $750 using the Zelle payment app for an elder law case involving her father. She said she found Medina listed as a lawyer on the “Requestlegalhelp.com” website.
The warrant says that once again Medina became unresponsive to emails and text messages after receiving the money. This led the victim to file a lawsuit with the Florida Bar, he said.
Suddenly, according to the mandate, Medina became responsive again.
He is accused of sending the victim profanity-laden death threats, calling her a “dead c— b—-“, a “meth head” and, using a homophobic slur, a “tweaker a– f–“, saying “You’re going to die today b—-” and ending the paragraph with “Love, your solicitor”.
Then, according to the warrant, he reiterated some of the profanity in capital letters, writing “YOUR (sic) A F—ING TWEAKER F–
Investigators said they found Medina formed several business entities where he misrepresented himself as an attorney, listing his name as “Ian A. Medina, Esq.”
Miami-Dade court records show Medina posted $40,000 bond.
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