lawyer suspected of creating fake Facebook accounts to lure clients

Me Richard Legrand is suspected of having posed as victims of the Buitoni or Kinder health scandals, in order to attract clients to his office.

Did Me Richard Legrand engage in fraudulent solicitation of victims in the Buitoni and Kinder cases? A report, sent to the Paris Bar Association on September 5, is responsible for creating several Facebook profiles posing as victims of E. coli bacteria and salmonellosis, BFMTV.com learned from a close source. of the file, confirming information from France info.

According to the report, these fake accounts have infiltrated groups of victims on Facebook, sharing their experience of pizzas from Buitoni’s FraĆ®ch’Up range – suspected of having caused the death of two children – or their salmonellosis infection with Kinder.

Risk of blame or disbarment

These false profiles then made direct contact with the victims to encourage them to turn to Me Richard Legrand to defend them in these cases. The lawyer, who already has around twenty clients in these two procedures, would have sought to extend his list of files.

The current ethics investigation is being conducted by the Paris Bar Council in order, in particular, to analyze allegedly fraudulent Facebook accounts. This investigation can last a maximum of six months, tells us a source close to the file, and can end with a classification without follow-up as with a reprimand or a removal from the bar. A decision against which the defendant can then appeal.

According to our colleagues from France info, the Pharos platform also received a report concerning this lawyer last April. For the time being, these reports are not the subject of a judicial investigation. Contacted, Me Richard Legrand did not respond to our requests.

Amber Lepoivre BFMTV journalist

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