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Phony lawyer sentenced for scamming churchgoers (access required)

A woman who pretended to be a lawyer and pocketed $6,000 in retainer payments from a group of disaffected church members has been sentenced to three years in prison. The three-year sentence for Leslee Newsome-Bridgeman, formerly of Chesterfield County, came despite a more-than-two-year delay in bringing charges and the fact that unauthorized practice of law is ...