A former lawyer who pleaded guilty in January to unauthorized practice of law and other counts has been sentenced to 120 days in county jail and three years of formal probation.
Deputy District Attorney Fernando Guzman, of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office’s Justice System Integrity Division, said Glen Robert Burgstein, 56, faces a potential sentence of two years in state prison if he violates the terms of his probation.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Richman also ordered the defendant to pay $8,900 in restitution to two victims.
Burgstein pleaded no contest on Jan. 3 to one count each of unauthorized practice of law, grand theft of personal property and forgery. Four counts were dismissed under the terms of a negotiated plea agreement.
The alleged crimes took place between September 2005 and April 2008 and involved two victims. Burgstein resigned from the California State Bar with charges pending in 1991, but had agreed to represent the two victims in civil proceedings.
One of the clients allegedly paid Burgstein $4,500 for legal services that were never rendered. The second client sought Burgstein’s assistance for an identity theft issue. With the case involving the second victim,
Burgstein allegedly manufactured several checks, using the client’s bank account information, and cashed the checks.