A suspended lawyer is scheduled to be arraigned next month in Scott Circuit Court after he was indicted on charges of theft by deception and unauthorized practice of law.
The Kentucky Bar Association suspended John D. Brady, 39, of Georgetown from practicing law on Jan. 23, 2014, for nonpayment of dues, according to court records, including an indictment returned by a Scott County grand jury.
Nevertheless, on June 20, 2014, Brady obtained a $3,000 retainer fee from Crystal Lewis Renfrow "by reinforcing the false impression" that, "as an attorney experienced in domestic relations and family law, (he) could represent her in a divorce matter," the indictment says.
That same day, Brady gave legal advice to Renfrow in regard to a domestic violence matter, and he instructed her "in the completion of an application for an emergency protective order," the indictment says.
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On July 11, 2014, Brady filed a divorce petition on Renfrow's behalf, the indictment says.
Renfrow was the witness who testified before the grand jury.
Theft by deception under $10,000 is a class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
Unauthorized practice of law is a misdemeanor punishable by 90 days in jail and a $250 fine.
Brady could not be reached for comment. He is scheduled to be arraigned July 6 before Scott Circuit Judge Robert Johnson.