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Disbarred lawyer charged with forging papers

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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— A disbarred attorney who admitted more than a decade ago to forging a court order has been accused of forging court documents again.

State police said Carl Holsberger, 58, of Colonie, was arrested this week and charged in Schenectady with multiple counts, including felony second-degree forgery. He is accused of making a woman believe he was representing her in an ongoing child support issue, when he had long since been barred from practicing as an attorney in New York state.

He did so, police said, by providing her with apparent legal documents, email correspondences and other paperwork. All the documents seemingly indicated she would receive a court-ordered settlement in the case, police said.

He finally gave her a notarized judgment agreement with himself listed as her attorney. The agreement was supposedly between her, a bank and the court. But no agreement existed.

Holsberger was suspended and then later disbarred in 1996 after the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court ruled he misled clients and fabricated a court order, records show. Then, in 2003, Holsberger was accused of creating phony documents that he made look like Schenectady County Surrogate Court papers.

The court papers contained false information regarding a business he was operating out of his Niskayuna home.

Police began that forgery investigation in January 2003 after one of Holsberger’s clients, whom he represented in a tax dispute, became suspicious. That client saw a court appearance date on one of the papers and actually went to court that day.

The client waited all day in court but his case was never called. An investigation revealed Holsberger forged the documents, authorities said.

In that case, he pleaded guilty to one count of felony second-degree possession of a forged instrument. He was sentenced to three months of weekends in jail.

In the current case, Holsberger also faces one count of third-degree perjury and practicing law without a license. The perjury charge relates to having the supposed agreement notarized, according to papers filed in court.

Anyone who believes they may have been misled by Holsberger is asked to contact state police in Princetown at 630-1712.

 
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