IN RE JOHNSON
United States Bankruptcy Court, D. Maryland, Baltimore Division.
Filed: October 19, 2012.
23. The Court finds that the Defendants decorated the office in such a fashion as to appear to the public that it was a law office, that Scalia & Seidel is a law firm, and that Mancini is a lawyer.
24. The Defendants advertised their services in publications typically used by attorneys to advertise legal services. The Defendants designed their advertisements to appear as if they were attorneys offering legal services and legal advice.
25. On at least one web site, Mancini falsely indicates that he was licensed to practice law in Maryland.The Linda Johnson Case
26. The debtor in this bankruptcy case is Linda Johnson.
27. Prior to commencement of this case, and in connection with her intention to file a bankruptcy petition, Ms. Johnson used the internet to search for bankruptcy attorneys in Baltimore. Ms. Johnson entered her contact information into a website advertising bankruptcy services.
28. In response, Mancini (using the name Michael Scalia) contacted Ms. Johnson and informed her that he could assist her in filing for bankruptcy.