TOPEKA – (December 10, 2015) – A California man will pay $6,000 in penalties and expenses for violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
In a consent judgment recently approved by Judge Larry Hendricks in Shawnee County District Court, Abdul-Kareem Ali of San Ramon, Calif., agreed to pay the penalty and is prohibited from further engaging in the unauthorized practice of law in the state, after practicing law in Kansas without a license and engaging in deceptive business practices.
Ali formerly did business as AQ Square Consulting, LLC, in Kansas City, Mo., and engaged in unlicensed legal representation of Kansas and Missouri consumers in the insurance claims process. Ali represented and negotiated insurance claims for individuals who were not knowledgeable about the insurance claims process, accepting contingency fees for his services. He also offered his legal opinions to consumers and made misleading statements to those consumers. At no time was Ali licensed to practice law in Kansas.
The attorney general’s consumer protection division investigated the case. Assistant Attorney General Lynette Bakker litigated the case on behalf of the State.