Former Paralegal for Manhattan DA Guilty of Lying

Friday, Feb 15, 2013  |  Updated 4:28 PM EDT
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Former Paralegal for Manhattan DA Guilty of Lying

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A former paralegal in the Manhattan district attorney's office has been found guilty of forging a range of documents about her background in order to get employment.
 
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says that for 10 years, British national Soma Sengupta lied on paperwork submitted for legal jobs and accreditation boards.

  Vance says Sengupta's forgeries included a birth certificate, college and law school diplomas, reference letters and even a law school transcript.
 
Sengupta was employed as a paralegal in the district attorney's office for three years even though she was not an admitted attorney in New York State.
 
She was found guilty of all three counts in the indictment Friday after a bench trial in New York State Supreme Court.
 
Sengupta's lawyer did not immediately return a phone call.

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