Lawyer Dennis Yang says he was duped by Inayat Kassam’s phoney law degree and paid a price for hiring him.
Yang shares that Kassam dressed like a lawyer, talked like a lawyer and worked as a lawyer,a 34-year-old Inayat Kassam was a smooth-talking fraudster with a law degree that wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on.
He purchased his phoney law degree online 5 years ago from the University of Renfrew. He previously purchased a bachelor of arts from Ashwood University, another fake school that claims to be based in Florida.
Yang says he hired him for his new Toronto office in 2014. He says, “He told me he had a law degree from another jurisdiction, and was currently working on getting licensed in Canada.”
Yang asked Kassam to send him transcripts, reference letters and his university diplomas, which appeared to be legitimate.
Kassam mostly worked alone and quickly set about preying on new and often vulnerable immigrants.
Yang says Kassam didn’t take supervision well, and sometimes suggested doing risky things for convenience, which Yang did not allow. Kassam quit after just one month.
The experience cost Yang close to $100,000 because he had to shut down his new office after Kassam left. He says the damage prompted him to speak out.Kassam had previously been hired as an office manager at two other Toronto-area law firms. At one of the jobs, he posed as a lawyer and even acted as counsel in court.