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Man accused of misrepresenting himself as an attorney

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PRINCETOWN, N.Y. – State Police have arrested a Colonie man who was allegedly representing himself as an attorney when he was in fact disbarred. 

State Police investigated a report of a man portraying himself as a practicing attorney who has been disbarred. The investigation revealed that the man misrepresented himself to the complainant in a Family Court issue.

Carl Holsberger, 58, was recently arrested for the allegations. Holsberger was prohibited from practicing law in New York State in 1996 after he was criminally charged when the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled that he misled clients and fabricated a court order. 

The Colonie man was arrested a second time for similar behavior in 2004. 

State Police say that over the last year and a half, he misled the complainant by making her believe that he was handling her family court case as her attorney. Holsberger provided legal documents, email correspondences, and other paperwork to the complainant which indicated that she was to receive a court ordered settlement for the case, say authorities. He then gave the victim a notarized judgment agreement with himself listed as her attorney although no legal action had actually occurred.

Holsberger has been charged with forgery in the second degree, perjury in the third degree, and practicing law with a license. 

Anyone who believes they are a victim of Holsberger are encouraged to contact State Police in Princetown at 630-1712. 

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