Fake attorney granted bail
January 20, 2015
A 29-year-old South Jordan woman accused of impersonating an attorney in Summit County’s Third District Court last month was recently granted bail.
According to the case filing, on Dec. 23, Karla Carbo, 29, attempted to represent a suspect in a 2008 criminal case in Summit County’s Third District Court under the name Karla Stirling. Carbo, who is not a licensed attorney but had an office in West Valley City, used Stirling’s Utah State Bar ID number and name to sign court documents.
She was arrested on one count of identity theft, two counts of forgery and one count of communications fraud. Identity theft is a third-degree felony, which is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of up to five years and a $5,000 fine
Carbo appeared in court on Tuesday, Jan. 13 for a bail status hearing. She has retained Salt Lake City attorney Michael Langford.
"I’m still in the process of conducting my investigation into the case, but on behalf of Miss Carbo, I am disputing the allegations against her," Langford said. "She is a devoted mother and a hard-working woman and I look forward to defending her constitutional rights."
A Third District Court judge amended Carbo’s bail from $25,000 cash only to a bondable amount and she was granted conditional bail.
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According to Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Stack, as part of her bail conditions, Carbo has to wear an ankle monitor, is restricted to travel within Salt Lake and Summit Counties, surrender her passport and refrain from performing any work in the legal and tax industries.
"Our position was we thought bail was appropriate, but we articulated that we believed she was a flight risk," Stack said. "The area she had been using as an office had been completely cleaned out and she has several connections to California.
"This is something that we take seriously because we have someone coming in to court and misrepresenting who they are," Stack said. "It undermines the integrity of the justice system and that is why this case is so important."
Carbo posted bail and was released from the Summit County Jail on Jan. 13. She will appear again in court on Feb. 9.
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