A 47-year-old Skokie, Ill., man who tried over 60 cases though he never obtained a law degree was sentenced Monday to serve two years in prison.
Tahir Malik pleaded guilty to forgery and impersonation of a lawyer before receiving his sentence from Cook County Judge Dennis Porter, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The man was initially busted in December of last year after personnel at the Cook County Courthouse reported his behavior as suspicious and looked into his credentials. He had none, they discovered.
Over the course of his short-lived career as an attorney, he worked on more than 60 cases, including mortgage foreclosures and low-level criminal actions, the Chicago Tribune reported. He reportedly charged his clients between $500 to $4,500 in cash per case.
Malik has a previous criminal history, having served time in prison on a burglary conviction. The Sun-Times added that he also was previously charged of theft, shoplifting and criminal trespassing.
"From his own arrest history, he was familiar enough with the court system to make certain motions and file certain documents in the court," Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said of the case earlier this year. "There is no question that dozens of people from all over Cook County were misled by this guy."