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Man who posed as attorney sentenced in real estate fraud case

A man who posed as an attorney and illegally acted as a foreclosure agent has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

Dennis Joseph Giacopetti, also known as Dennis Jacopetti, pleaded no contest in January to forgery, grand theft and filing false documents. He also admitted to an enhancement for aggravated white-collar crime and for commission of a felony while released from custody on another case, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette.

Giacopetti advertised the businesses Legal Aid Services of California and Legal Aid of California online and through Craigslist. Giacopetti was not an attorney, but he posed as one to obtain clients, according to the news release. Through these false representations, he unlawfully obtained legal fees from multiple victims.

Giacopetti also filed false legal documents and illegally acted as a foreclosure consultant, the news release said.

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

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy