ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A scam alert from Camilla Police who say a man is posing as legal consultant and ripping off people.
Police say Antony Sessions is offering criminal defendants legal representation by an Albany lawyer, then pocketing the up-front money he charges them. Sessions is already charged with theft by taking but he's out on bond and police worry he'll continue ripping off people.
Police say Antony Sessions has a half-dozen nicknames, he's known as Anthony Sessions on the street, people also call him Bugs, and police say if he offers to get you legal representation you should just turn him down.
Camilla Police want you to take a good look at this man. They say he's scamming people in trouble with the law from Camilla to Americus.
"We've got people who are pawning their car titles to try to pay him, they're borrowing money to pay him or giving him money they don't really have to give," said Investigator Vernon Nobles.
That's because Sessions is targeting people who've landed here at the Mitchell County Courthouse or Police courtroom. Investigators asked us not to identify their victim, but say Session approached him saying he could get him legal help.
"He was going to be held in contempt of court because he had not shown up in court to handle his charges," said Nobles.
That's when the victim told police he'd agreed to pay Sessions 750 dollars to secure Albany Attorney Leonard Farkas to represent him and that Sessions told him it was handled.
"Leonard Farkas told me that Anthony Sessions does not work for him nor has he ever worked for him," said Nobles. When we stopped by Farkas' office it was closed, our messages were not returned. Police say several others have come forward claiming the same thing and tonight Police have a warning for you.
"My advice would be if you need an attorney, go see an attorney don't let somebody else get in the middle of it," said Nobles.
They're sure others have fallen victim and they're asking those people to come forward. Investigators say if you've been approached by Sessions or have given him money and not received representation you can call Camilla Police or your local police department to report it.
Session is charged with criminal attempt to commit theft by deception and theft by taking. In some cases Police have seen receipts from Session for several thousands of dollars.