Convicted "Fake Lawyer" Sentenced in Albany County Court

A woman who authorities say pretended to be an attorney, and scammed hundreds of people, has been sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison, and ordered to pay back nearly $270 thousand. 

Antonia Barrone, who has gone by other names, including Mario Vrendenberg, admitted defrauding more than 400 New Yorkers over a span of about 5 years. 

Her services reportedly included filing appeals on behalf of prison inmates who were denied parole. 

Attorney General's office says in some cases, she accepted a fee but did not perform any services.

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