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Philadelphia man charged with impersonating an attorney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:  Feb. 27, 2015
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris- 610.891.4163

Media, Pa – District Attorney Jack Whelan announced a Philadelphia man is facing charges after he identified himself as an attorney and stole $1,300 from an individual who was seeking legal representation for her boyfriend.

Kyle Arnold, 42, of the 6000 block of Old York Road, Philadelphia, is charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, and receiving stolen property.

An investigation led by Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division Detective John Hoffner and Delaware County Park Police Cpl. Roger Joseph began in June 2014 after a complaint was referred about an incident that occurred at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media.

On March 31, 2014, a female victim was at the Delaware County Courthouse for her boyfriend’s court appearance. During her visit, she met Kyle Arnold who identified himself as an attorney and told her he would be willing to represent her boyfriend. The victim and Arnold boarded a trolley to Philadelphia to where she was led to believe Arnold had an office in the Philadelphia Municipal Services building located at 15th & JKF Boulevard. After the victim gave Arnold $1,300 in payment for him to represent her boyfriend, Arnold told the victim he needed to leave and go to his office and that he would return shortly. After waiting for a while, the victim contacted Arnold via phone and text messages demanding her money back without any response from Arnold. She later reported the incident to the Philadelphia Police Department.

After investigation, authorities confirmed Arnold was at the Delaware County Courthouse on March 31, 2014, for a court hearing related to an Aug. 2013 aggravated assault charge by the Chester Police. On Nov. 25, 2014, the victim identified Kyle Arnold in a photo array as the actor that represented himself as an attorney and took her money.

Arnold was arraigned on Feb. 25 and remanded to the Delaware County Prison after he failed to post bail which was set at 10 percent of $100,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 9 before Magisterial District Judge Deborah Krull.

“This individual fraudulently represented himself as attorney without a license to do so and then defrauded a trusting victim,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. “All licensed attorneys in Pennsylvania are registered on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. If residents have any questions or concerns regarding an attorney, they are encouraged to look up that attorney by accessing the website at www.padisciplinaryboard.org.”

Delaware County investigators believe Arnold may have victimized others. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Hoffner at 610-891-4718.