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E. Texas woman arrested for posing as lawyer

Kimberly Giacone. Photo Source: Angelina County Jail. Kimberly Giacone. Photo Source: Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a woman accused of posing as a lawyer to help get someone out of prison.

Kimberly Raven Giacone, also known as Kimberly Raven Foley, 30, of Lufkin, is charged with falsely holding oneself out as a lawyer, a third-degree felony.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the investigation began on June 21 when a woman met with a police officer and said she met Giacone at McDonalds. Giacone said she was an attorney and accepted $36 to help the woman get her son transferred out of the state prison system and into Rusk State Hospital, so that he could get a psychiatric evaluation.

Giacone accepted the money to start the paperwork, according to the affidavit.

Giacone contacted the woman by phone and said she has sent some paperwork to the Rusk facility, then asked if she could come to her residence to review it, according to the affidavit.

Giacone arrived at the home and handed the woman a cover letter that she said was sent to the prison system. The letterhead read "Giacone Law" and gave an address of 101 E. Lufkin Ave., Lufkin, Texas 75901.

The letter stated that the woman's son was to be transferred to the Rusk facility, and was signed "Raven Giacone, Attorney at Law," according to the affidavit.

Giacone gave the letter to the woman and asked for an additional $300 to complete the legal process, which the woman complied, according to the affidavit.

The woman later found Giacone was not an attorney after talking with a real attorney in Nacogdoches. The woman contacted Giacone and Giacone came to her home and returned the legal letters and the $336 and asked her not to contact police.

The woman contacted police anyway, and a detective called Giacone, who admitted to taking money for typing and admitted to inquiring about renting office space for paralegal work, according to the report. Giacone said she was not a paralegal but wanted to be one.

Police obtained a warrant for her arrest on Aug. 2 and she was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Wednesday. She bailed out the same day for $2,500.

Giacone has two previous theft convictions on her record. Her nickname is "Sugar Bear," according Angelina County Jail records.

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