Eastern Pennsylvania Man Gets Probation for Claiming to be Judge

November 21, 2013

The attorney for an eastern Pennsylvania man who pleaded no contest to claiming to be a district judge while making a car insurance claim says his client “went a little bit too far.”

Twenty-five-year-old Justin Serfass, of Bethlehem, entered the plea Monday in Lehigh County. It’s treated as a conviction, but doesn’t require Serfass to acknowledge guilt.

Lehighvalleylive.com reports Serfass passed the state’s certification test to become a district judge, but lost an election in 2011. Despite that, Serfass allegedly identified himself as a “certified magisterial district judge” in one letter sent to Erie Insurance stemming from a June 2011 claim.

Defense attorney Kevin Santos says Serfass was focusing on the fact that he passed the certification test – but prosecutors say Serfass was apparently hoping for a favorable claims result. He’ll spend a year on probation.

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