Today 51-year-old James Micheal Arnold was sentenced to 30 months in prison on charges involving his false use of the name and a Missouri Bar number of Licensed Missouri attorney to practice law. Court documents say Arnold graduated from the University Of Missouri School Of Law, in Kansas City, of July 1992 but never passed the Missouri Bar Examination and has never been licensed to practice law in Missouri or anywhere else. Between January 2010 and 2014 he fraudulently represented two individuals, law firms, legal staffing agencies and other business as a licensed attorney in order to gain employment as an attorney. Part of his scheme was to use the name and Missouri Bar number of licensed Missouri attorney to apply for jobs and to file court documents. His victims paid him for his representation. For tax years 2011, 2012 and 2013 Arnold failed to file tax returns reporting the earnings from the illegal activity described. He failed to file the required returns resulting in a tax loss of $74,000. His victims lost a total of $530,000. Arnold pleaded guilty fin January to one felony count of mail fraud, one felony count of aggravated identity theft and one count of failure to file tax returns, he appeared in court for sentencing before United States District Judge E. Richard Webber, in St. Louis.