David Scher of Newton, already convicted for stealing a laptop from Suffolk University Law School and for trying to alter court records related to that conviction, was arraigned yesterday on a charge of falsely claiming to be a lawyer, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Scher was ordered held for violating his terms of parole on the document-tampering charge by a Boston Municipal Court judge, the DA's office says.
According to prosecutors, Scher was released on parole on the records-altering conviction on Oct. 16:
On Oct. 23, Scher allegedly submitted a resume to a Boston recruitment agency in which he falsely claimed to hold a juris doctorate from Suffolk University Law School - a violation of Chapter 266, Section 89, of the Massachusetts General Laws. He also made false statements that he was currently employed as a patent attorney at an Abington employer.
After receiving the resume, the company contacted the Suffolk DA’s Special Investigations Unit, which had investigated Scher’s forgery and perjury offenses, prosecutors said. As a result of the new allegations, Scher was arrested for violating his probation on Nov. 21 and has remained in custody since that time.
Scher, who never returned to Suffolk Law and did not receive a JD degree, faces up to a year in jail if convicted on the new charge. After he pleaded guilty to trying to alter documents on his laptop-theft conviction, he was sentenced to a 2 1/2-year jail sentence - with most of that suspended if he stayed out of further trouble.