LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a woman accused of posing as a lawyer to help get someone out of prison.
Kimberly Raven Giacone, also known as Kimberly Raven Foley, 30, of Lufkin, is charged with falsely holding oneself out as a lawyer, a third-degree felony.
According an arrest warrant affidavit, the investigation began on June 21 when a man met with a police officer and said he met Giacone at McDonalds. Giacone said she was an attorney and accepted $36 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.
Giacone accepted the money to start the paperwork, according to the affidavit.
Giacone contacted the man by phone and said she has sent some paperwork to the Rusk facility, then asked if she could come to his residence to review it, according to the affidavit.
Giacone arrived at the home and handed the man a cover letter that she said was sent to the prison system. The letterhead read "Giacone Law" and gave an address of 101 E. Lufkin Ave., Lufkin, Texas 75901.
The letter stated that the man's son was to be transferred to the Rusk facility, and was signed "Raven Giacone, Attorney at Law," according to the affidavit.
Giacone gave the letter to the man and asked for an additional $300 to complete the legal process, which the man complied, according to the affidavit.
The man later found Giacone was not an attorney after talking with a real attorney in Nacogdoches. The woman contacted Giacone and Giacone came to his home and returned the legal letters and the $336 and asked him not to contact police.
The man contacted police anyway, and a detective called Giacone, who admitted to taking money for typing and admitted to inquiring about renting office space for paralegal work, according to the report. Giacone said she was not a paralegal but wanted to be one.
Police obtained a warrant for her arrest on Aug. 2 and she was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Wednesday. She bailed out the same day for $2,500.
Giacone has two previous theft convictions on her record. Her nickname is "Sugar Bear," according Angelina County Jail records.