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Okay, this one you have to see to believe. I mean, whoa.


Disbarred attorney Bridgette M. Harris of Bowie pleaded guilty today to four counts of bankruptcy fraud and fraudulent transfer of property in bankruptcy. In a statement of facts given to the court as part of her plea, Harris admitted that she had practiced bankruptcy law in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Harris also admitted to another scheme in which she filed personal bankruptcy in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lied about her debts, Social Security number and income. She also made telephone calls to the bankruptcy trustee falsely identifying herself as an NAACP representative, a judge, and a judicial law clerk. After that case was transferred to Maryland, she said she fraudulently transferred two pieces of real estate to relatives.

Harris also admitted that she solicited bankruptcy clients in 2002 under the business name “Foreclosure Prevention Network” and filed the clients under another attorney’s name without the attorney’s permission.

Harris will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt before Judge Peter J. Messitte on June 13. She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

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