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Newport Beach man accused of defrauding three people in a debt consolidation scheme

by: HB News staff writer
Posted: May 22, 2017

SANTA ANA...A Newport Beach man is facing a possible jail time of 11 years 8 months for posing as an attorney and defrauding people through debt consolidation and mortgage modification schemes.

Between the years 2013 and 2015 the suspect, James Frank Barker, 57, of Newport Beach is charged with collecting more than $45,000 from the members of the public in a consolidate outstanding debts and/or reduce mortgage payments through loan modifications scheme.

Baker is accused of never notifying these individual's debtors of his representation, attempting to negotiate any debts on behalf of his clients, and never submitting any mortgage assistance applications on behalf of his clients according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

During the investigation by the DA's office, it was found that Baker had never been a licensed member of the State Bar of California.

Baker was arrested by Newport Beach Police on May 15. Baker's pretrial is scheduled to be heard on May 25, 2017.

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