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How Alexander Pinnock faked a lawyer’s degree

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A mentally ill garage guard convinced he’s a lawyer after earning a fake qualification narrowly escapes jail despite conning victims out of thousands of dollars.

For two years, New South Wales man Alexander Pinnock, diagnosed with schizophrenia, has lived a bizarre fictional career as Alec Stewart – a criminal and fake civil lawyer based in South Australia.

He claimed to have 50 clients in three states and handled about $1 million in fees and money awarded to those clients.

Victims who paid for his bogus services funded a lifestyle that Pinnock claimed included traveling around Australia three days a week, driving a BMW, and staying in luxury hotels.

But Pinnock didn’t even have a law degree—he just paid for one from a dodgy US website that dispenses qualifications based on “professional and life experience.” No need for actual study.

For two years, New South Wales man Alexander Pinnock (pictured), who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, has lived a bizarre fictional career as Alec Stewart – a criminal and fake civil lawyer based in South Australia

Pinnock didn't even have a law degree - he just paid for one from a dodgy US website that distributes qualifications based on

Pinnock didn’t even have a law degree – he just paid to get one from a dodgy US website that dispenses qualifications based on “professional and life experience”

Pinnock claimed that as a lawyer he would travel around Australia three days a week, driving a BMW and staying in luxury hotels.

Pinnock claimed that as a lawyer he would travel around Australia three days a week, driving a BMW and staying in luxury hotels.

The experience Pinnock used to secure his fake certificate was as a bouncer in Sydney City, where his duties included issuing penalty notices for illegal parking and breaching council regulations.

Pinnock’s online qualification was so compelling that he thought he was a really interesting lawyer, current affair mentioned.

“Nobody believed this more than I did,” said Pinnock, who was convicted Monday of participating in a legal practice when he was disqualified.

“I like the law, to be honest.”

Downing Center District Court heard Pinnock’s psychiatrist confirmed he had been admitted to hospital with persistent schizoaffective disorder with “delusional thoughts”.

He also recently became homeless.

Despite his mental illness, the court heard from the New South Wales Bar Association that Pinnock’s methods were “sophisticated”.

Pinnock claimed he used his online qualifications — for which he paid hundreds of dollars to “Charleston Stewart University in South Carolina — to obtain a credential to work as a lawyer in Victoria and SA.

But the SA Law Society told the court that Pinnock did indeed send them an email claiming his ID was stolen when his car was broken into.

Mentally ill parking attendant Alexander Pinnock became convinced he was a lawyer after obtaining a fake qualification online - then went on to scam clients

Mentally ill parking attendant Alexander Pinnock became convinced he was a lawyer after obtaining a fake qualification online – then went on to scam clients

While everything about attorney Alec Stewart was fake, his clients weren't.  Victorian woman, Yvonne Burgh, was defrauded of $7,500 by him

While everything about attorney Alec Stewart was fake, his clients weren’t. Victorian woman, Yvonne Burgh, was defrauded of $7,500 by him

Once Pinnock was satisfied

Once Pinnock was satisfied with his “credentials”, he set about setting up a website, describing himself as a man who “loved controversy”.

He forged an Australian practice certificate which he submitted to the Law Society of Queensland and lied that he had been admitted to practice in New South Wales in January 2020.

Once Pinnock was satisfied with his ‘credentials’, he set about creating a spruik website for clients, alecstuart.law.

In it, Pinnock described himself as “not your typical lawyer” but instead someone who has a “love of controversy” and is “destined to make a difference”.

He also wrote Facebook posts detailing his fake courtroom dealings and lifestyle.

In one, he is pictured on a trip and writes “Heavenly Father’s blessings don’t stop. Who could possibly do this for their career?” In another he writes that his BMW 5 Series is “the best looking sedan on the road.”

While everything about attorney Alec Stewart was fake, his clients weren’t.

The Victorian woman, Yvonne Burgh, paid him $7,500 to fight a case against her local council, which fined her $49,000 for an illegal shed.

The Downing Center District Court heard that Pinnock's psychiatrist had confirmed that he had been admitted to hospital for persistent schizoaffective disorder with

Downing Center District Court heard Pinnock’s psychiatrist confirmed he had been admitted to hospital with persistent schizoaffective disorder with “delusional thoughts”. Pinnock avoided jail time but was fined $3,500

Mrs Borg tearfully admitted that the money she had given Pinnock had come from a loan from Centrelink and her sons.

South Australian man Stephen Wiseman gave Pennock $3,380 to represent him after he discovered that a plot of land he had bought was being used as an illegal dump.

To his credit, Pinnock admitted the mistake and called the damage it caused “catastrophic.”

He pleaded guilty to all charges and suspended a $3,500 fine and a community corrective order in lieu of a prison sentence.

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