- Associated Press - Saturday, December 27, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has fined a woman and told her not to pretend again to be a lawyer.

The court says it has assessed $15,000 in civil penalties against Mary E. Hernandez of Cincinnati. The court found she practiced law without authorization by distributing business cards claiming to be an attorney and by preparing documents for a man facing immigration issues in 2011.

The court’s ruling said Hernandez told the man she had key relationships with immigration and government officials that would help him. The court said that while federal law allows non-lawyers to represent people on immigration matters in some limited circumstances, she had falsely presented herself as a lawyer.

Court records didn’t list an attorney for Hernandez and indicated she didn’t respond to the complaint against her.

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