Lufkin fake lawyer back in jail for probation violations

Kimberly Giacone (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Kimberly Giacone (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 32-year-old Lufkin woman who illegally posed as a lawyer is back in the Angelina County Jail on a MTAG warrant. Kimberly Raven Giacone was arrested in Gillespie County back in February on a theft of service charge.

"I'm not sure why it took almost seven months to get her here, unless they disposed of her case there and she had to serve jail time" said Dustin Fore, a supervisor for Angelina County's adult Probation Department.

Giacone is being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of holding oneself out as a lawyer, and state-jail felony charges of theft and credit card/debit card abuse. She also has two outside agency holds for Class B misdemeanor theft by check.

Giacone's bail has been set at a total of $5,000 for the two theft by check charges. No bail has been set for the felony charges.

Fore said Giacone "disappeared." The MTAG warrant issued because Giacone failed to report, failed to maintain employment, failed to allow home visits, left Gillespie County without permission, failed to notify authorities of her residence change, failed to attend a judicial hearing, and failed to write an apology letter to her victim.

Working from "collateral contacts and phone tips from Gillespie County," Angelina County authorities learned that Giacone went from Gillespie County to Rockport and then back to Gillespie County. Then she went to Diboll and Jasper before she returned to Gillespie County.

In March 2012, Giacone received shock probation in March 2012, after serving five months in prison. Judge Gerald Goodwin  released her from prison and ordered that she serve out the remainder of her 8-year sentence in probation.

Giacone was arrested in August 2011 on a charge of falsely holding oneself out as a lawyer, after it was discovered she told someone she was an attorney and accepted $336 to help the man get his son transferred out of the state prison system and into Rusk State Hospital, so that he could get a psychiatric evaluation.

Judges use shock probation as a way of "shocking" a convict into changing their ways.

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