Ipswich: Alleged bogus lawyer denies pretending to be a solicitor

AN alleged bogus lawyer has denied falsely claiming to be a solicitor when representing a client before Ipswich magistrates.

Daniel Ignatius James pleaded not guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich to a charge of being an unqualified person pretending to be a solicitor.

It is alleged the 65-year-old committed the offence between September 29 and November 10 last year.

The remaining details of the accusation allege that being an unqualified person he wilfully pretended to be a barrister when not a barrister.

James is said to have represented a 53-year-old man from London in a Proceeds of Crime Act cash seizure investigation brought by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

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Officers at Harwich had detained �10,000 in cash from the man as he prepared to board a ferry to Holland on 9 August last year.

The agency has the power to make people account for the origin and intended use of cash that they are taking out of the country. If they are unable to do so the money can be detained.

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It is alleged that UKBA officers became concerned about Mr James’ behaviour following an appearance before Ipswich magistrates on November 9 and referred the matter to Suffolk Constabulary

The 53-year-old who had his money seized eventually supplied evidence to support its origins and intended use of the cash. The money was returned to him on March 11.

However, by this time James had already been arrested at his home in Tachbrook Street, south-west London, early on February 2 by officers from the Metropolitan Police.

He was brought to Suffolk where he was questioned at Ipswich police station.

James was subsequently charged on February 28.

In addition to the bogus lawyer charge, James is also accused of making a driving licence or counterpart with intent to deceive.

The allegation relates to February 2 this year.

It is alleged James had in his possession at Westminster a document so closely resembling a licence that it was calculated to deceive.

No plea has been entered as yet on this charge.

James, who was represented by his solicitor when he appeared before Ipswich magistrates on Wednesday, was remanded in custody until his trial.

The case has now been transferred to Chelmsford Magistrates Court.

James’ trial is scheduled to take place on Wednesday next week.

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