Suspected Phony Lawyer Arrested

Andrew Greenstein
July 26, 2019 - 4:04 pm

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PLANO (1080 KRLD) - A suspected phony lawyer is behind bars, and police in two North Texas cities fear there could be more victims.

A woman contacted Plano Police and told them that she had hired Keldrick Porter to represent her in a legal case, and she paid him money.

But something about him raised a red flag.

"He continued to kind of put her off on some things that kind of made her suspicious," says Plano Ofc. David Tilley.

Investigators found that Porter was not an attorney as he made himself out to be.

Plano Police arrested him and later found that Grapevine was also investigating Porter for the same thing.

Porter is behind bars in the Collin County Jail on $75,000 dollars bond on each of the two counts he's facing.

The charge is Falsely Holding Oneself Out as a Lawyer, and it's a third-degree felony

"A third degree felony can range anywhere from two to 10 years and up to a $10,000 fine," says Tilley.

Police say there could be many other victims.

"We only know of one in our city," Tilley says. "Grapevine, I believe, has only got one victim in their city as well. But we don't know how long this guy's been doing it. They just might not be aware that they have been scammed by this guy, and they have sent him money."

Police are urging anyone who may have had any dealings with Porter to contact the law enforcement agency in the city where a money transaction took place.

"So if the money transaction took place in Dallas or one of the other cities, that is the agency they need to contact to file the report," Tilley says.