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Man who posed as attorney pleads no contest in real estate fraud case

A man who posed as an attorney and acted as a foreclosure consultant pleaded no contest Friday in Sacramento Superior Court to forgery, grand theft and filing false documents.

Dennis Joseph Giacopetti, also known as Dennis Jacopetti, also admitted to an aggravated white-collar crime enhancement and an enhancement for committing a felony while released from custody in another case, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Giacopetti advertised the businesses Legal Aid Services of California and Legal Aid of California online and through Craigslist. Although he was not an attorney, Giacopetti represented himself as one to obtain clients, the news release said. Through the false representations, Giacopetti unlawfully obtained fees from multiple victims. He also filed false legal documents and illegally acted as a foreclosure consultant, the news release said.

Giacopetti will be sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution to all victims named in the complaint, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He is to be sentenced Feb. 18 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Gregory Haas.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy