NEW YORK.- A Long Island woman who pretended to be a lawyer has been convicted of grand larceny and other charges following a nearly month long trial, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday.
Karen Fotiou, 38, of Miller Place, was found guilty Thursday of stealing more than $32,000 from eight clients she represented in a variety of civil matters, including child custody, immigration and personal injury cases.
She was convicted of grand larceny, scheme to defraud, falsifying business records, offering a false instrument for filing, criminal possession of a forged instrument and illegally practicing as an attorney, Brown said in a statement.
Fotiou, who had offices in Queens and Patchogue, Long Island, was ordered held without bail pending her sentencing; she faces up to seven years in prison.
Queens Supreme Court Justice Randall T. Eng did not immediately set a sentencing date.
Fotiou also faces prosecution on similar charges in Suffolk County, Brown said.