Miami Herald

Published: Apr 16, 2014 5:44 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Authorities are searching for a 44-year-old convicted child abuser now accused of posing as an attorney to con a convict's family out of $70,000.
    
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1jJX589 ) reports Imer Armando Perez vanished this week as state agents sought to arrest him on charges of grand theft and practicing law without a license.
    
Perez is on probation after serving two years for aggravated child abuse. The Herald reports he apparently honed his skills as a "jailhouse lawyer" by doing legal research in jail.
    
Relatives of Scotty Posada hired Perez in January. He told them he'd spoken to prosecutors, who agreed to vacate Posada's 27-year sentence. They paid him $70,000. Perez said Posado would be released in 90 days.
    
The family eventually suspected fraud and contacted authorities.
    
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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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