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Woman Arrested for Posing as Attorney

Posted by Courtney Pilchman | Jul 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

An Elk Grove woman was arrested after she allegedly represented herself as an attorney to an Orange County jail inmate. Prosecutors say, Ellen Anise Rowland, 56 accepted $1,700 from an inmate's father to provide Orange County criminal defense services.

When Rowland went to the Orange County jail, she allegedly provided the deputies with a false name and bar number of an actual licensed attorney. The attorney had no knowledge the license was bring used by Rowland.

Rowland is charged with one misdemeanor court of unauthorized practice of law and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance. According to law enforcement, she had Vicodin pills in her vehicle without a valid prescription. If convicted, Rowland faces 16 months in state prison.

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Courtney Pilchman

Courtney Pilchman was a Deputy District Attorney for over six years prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney. She was a member of some of the most elite prosecution units including crimes against children, family violence, and sexual assault. She prosecuted very high profile cases and had a ...


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