Police allege David Koraca used his clients' information to make unauthorized charges

By Chris Harris
Updated November 25, 2015 12:15 PM
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Credit: Boston Police Department

Police have arrested a Boston man who they say posed as a Harvard-educated lawyer in order to defraud clients.

David Koraca, 47, allegedly rented space in one of Boston’s tallest office buildings and opened a law office as “David Corazza,” one of his eight known aliases, a statement from the prosecutor says.

Koraca allegedly told his clients he graduated from Harvard Law School, but investigators claim he isn’t licensed to practice law in any state. He is charged with larceny by scheme and unauthorized practice of law.

The prosecutor’s statement claims that, at the time of his arrest, Koraca had a Massachusetts Bar Association card bearing the name “David Corazza” with a fraudulent ID number.

“The MBA has no record of a David Koraca or a David Corazza authorized to practice law, nor do they have a record of any attorney assigned the number on the card,” the prosecutor’s statement says.

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The prosecutor alleges that Koraca offered to help an acquaintance with financial troubles she was having. The woman told police Koraca made copies of her credit cards and requested other personal information which he allegedly used later to make several Amazon purchases.

When the woman confronted him about the alleged purchases, Koraca allegedly told her they were to cover his legal services.

A second client alleged Koraca defrauded her of nearly $30,000, using some of the stolen money to cover his office’s monthly rent tab.

Koraca s website and LinkedIn page claim he studied at Harvard and worked in the entertainment business before opening his law office in 2011, “focusing on corporate, financial and entertainment law.”

Koraca is being held on $10,000 bail and has been ordered to wear a GPS monitor, according to the prosecutor’s statement.

He will return to court on Dec. 14. Koraca’s lawyer, William J. Walsh, was unavailable for comment Wednesday.