Bangalore: Soma Sengupta, an Indian-American lawyer has been convicted of nine deception charges in a Manhattan court, for lying about her work experience and age and getting admitted to the British bar.
Sengupa, a resident of New Jersey was convicted of eight felony forgery and false instrument counts and one misdemeanor conspiracy charge. "For 10 years, this defendant piled lie upon lie until the tower of deception she built finally fell in upon itself," said Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, in a statement.
Sengupta completed her graduation in the year 1998 from Georgetown Law School and in 2000 passed the bar exam in New York State. She worked as a paralegal and volunteer for Manhattan district attorney's office and Legal Aid Society respectively.
While applying for admission to the British bar, Sengupta claimed herself to be a proficient trial lawyer, even though she never appeared in court or write court briefs for either of the posts she was serving.
Sengupta is also said to have faked reference letters, transcripts from Georgetown that exaggerated her academic achievements and a birth certificate. Her sentencing has been scheduled on the 22nd of next month.