Leo Medina accused of pretending to be a lawyer

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Democratic state representative from Providence pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges related to the unauthorized practice of law. This isn't the first brush with the law for Leo Medina.

Medina was released on personal recognizance after his arraignment. State police say he faces nine counts of misdemeanor charges. According to a statement from Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Medina advertised himself as a lawyer, provided legal advice and was paid for legal work. Medina is not a lawyer.

Medina won election in 2010 by narrowly defeating state Representative Joseph Almeida. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is endorsing Almeida as he runs to regain the seat centered on Providence's south side.

Medina faces unrelated embezzling charges in a separate case. He's due in court on that matter next month.

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