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Local ‘Lawyer’ Wasn't One, Police Allege

Nassau County Police recently arrested Meredith Dulberg, 36, of Farmingdale, on allegations she falsely claimed to be a lawyer. 

 

According to detectives, Dulberg appeared in Nassau County Small Claims Court as an attorney at-law representing the Tempelton Group, located at 1025 Old Country Rd. in Westbury, and filed forms containing false information. 

 

Police also discovered that Dulberg was never registered or admitted to the New York State Bar. 

 

While the investigation is still ongoing, police said the Westbury-based Tempelton Group had fraudulently led hundreds of victims throughout the United States to believe that they had a lawyer inside their firm and thereby were allowed to collect upfront fees for loan modifications. 

 

Victims were people who needed help with their mortgages because their homes were worth less than the outstanding balance or because interest rates and monthly payments were unaffordable.

 

According to Nassau County Public Information Officer Eloise Abdullah, the Tempelton group is not a real law firm and through witness testimonies police were able to make an arrest. Dulberg surrendered to police on July 22.

 

Dulberg is being charged with two counts of offering a false instrument and practicing/appearing as an attorney. She was arraigned on July 22 at First District Court in Hempstead.