A 45-year-old Artesia man has been sentenced to three years of informal probation for his guilty plea to pretending to be an attorney.
On Thursday, Amardeep Singh Gill accepted a plea bargain from prosecutors, who dismissed 12 misdemeanor counts of unauthorized practice of law, Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz said.
He has also paid $2,000 in restitution to victims, Katz added.
Since January 13, 2003, Gill fraudulently owned and operated Gill & Associates, P.C., misrepresenting himself as a licensed attorney in the State of California, including adding the suffix “Esq.” to his name.
He had established offices in Artesia, Lakewood, Bakersfield and San Jose -- where he offered unauthorized legal services under the guise of having 11 years of experience with legal specialties in immigration, corporate, contracts, information technology, business and tax, civil litigation, and criminal defense.
Gill is not registered as an attorney with the State Bar of California, which prohibited him from offering legal services.
- City News Service contributed to this report.