Newport Beach man who posed as attorney charged in defrauding clients who sought debt relief, mortgage modifications

SANTA ANA — A man was arraigned Wednesday, May 17, on charges of impersonating an attorney and defrauding clients through debt consolidation and mortgage modification schemes, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

James Frank Barker, 57, of Newport Beach was charged April 5 on eight counts of money laundering and three counts of grand theft. He was also charged with aggravated white-collar crime of more than $100,000, property damage/loss of more than $65,000, and...

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