Bogus Solicitor jailed for forging divorces
Khuram Shazad Ali, 33, of Bradford, West Yorks, also deceived clients out of money after setting up his firm, KSA Law Partners.
Operating between September 2005 and August 2007, he even tried to help clients to divorce their wives without them knowing.
But he was rumbled when a judge noticed similarities in many different divorce applications — after which a handwriting expert identified that he had forged several signatures.
Sentencing Ali to four years and eight months, Judge Robert Bartfield told him: “You expressed a love of law but what you have shown is an utter contempt for the law, those who work in it, and the clients who believed in you, some of whom have suffered severe financial hardship because of this.”
Richard Clews, prosecuting at Bradford Crown Court yesterday, said that during the scam Ali appeared at court to represent a client who was facing insolvency proceedings without the client’s knowledge.
Ali conceded the case, and agreed to a consent order which was drawn up to the sum of the debt owed — £33,000.
But he then told the client the consent order was for just £8,000 — money which was paid directly to Ali in cash.
Mr Clews told how none of this money was sent on to the complainant in the case, forcing the client to fight bankruptcy proceedings.
Dad-of-four Ali, who has a law degree and passed the Legal Practice Course, but did not qualify as a solicitor, admitted 13 charges including fraud, theft, forgery and perverting the course of justice.
He also took “dishonest steps” to help husbands divorce their wives without letting the wives know that the proceedings were going ahead.