In what's only the second-most embarrassing news to come out of Irving this week, immigration lawyer Sherin Thawer has resigned, after "racking up 21 complaints from clients whom allege she took $222,435 from them for little or no legal service," Texas Lawyer reports.
We've heard of barristers behaving badly, but Thawer took it to a whole new level. In addition to a federal indictment earlier this year "on seven counts of fraud and identity theft charges," Texas Lawyer cites a Commission for Lawyer Discipline filing claiming that Thawer "lured a client and his family to meet her at an address which turned out to be a Richardson radio station. Thawer then allegedly encouraged the client and his family to say she was a 'great lawyer' on the air for helping the client avoid deportation, when another lawyer actually did the work."
The article also states:
"On July 21, Thawer agreed to plead guilty to one count of identity theft for using the name and badge number of a police officer without permission in exchange for the government dropping the remaining counts pending against her. She faces a minimum two years in prison and is scheduled for a sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle of Dallas on Nov. 19."
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Thawer's attorney, Mike Snipes, told Texas Lawyer that his client "accepted responsibility for her actions" and is "remorseful and contrite." So at least there's that.
The Dallas Morning News also reported in August:
From March 2012 to September 2014, Thawer submitted forged law enforcement certification forms to get U-Visas for immigrants she represented, authorities said. The forms had the names, badge numbers and signatures of police officers who worked for departments in Fort Worth, DeSoto and Irving, according to the indictment.
The paper also described her as "a prominent immigration attorney in the South Asian community." We just hope that the clients who complained can get some semblance of justice, if not their money.