The question is lacking some necessary information.
What did the person do?
If you hold yourself out as an attorney, and you are not, you have committed a fraud.
If money is taken, then that is a larceny. How much money dictates the level.
The NYS Attorney General has prosecuted individuals who have posed as Attorney's and are not in the past.
The penalty would depend on the action of the indivudal. Felonies are almost always charged in these circumstances.
Details are needed.
This does not constitute legal advice, and no attorney client priveldge has been established.
And to add to what my colleague has stated, if you gave "legal" advice, you engaged in unauthorized practice of law.
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