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NY: Legal Aid staffer posing as lawyer caught smuggling cannabis into Rikers

The NY Post reports

A Legal Aid Society staffer trying to pass herself off as a lawyer was busted trying to smuggle weed and tobacco to a Rikers Island inmate accused of attempted murder, sources told The Post.

Tatyana King, who describes herself on her LinkedIn page as an “incoming staff attorney” for New York’s largest legal aid nonprofit, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the jail while trying to visit detainee Shyanne Patterson, according to law-enforcement sources.

She was busted after a drug-sniffing dog at the main gate alerted guards.

Correction officers searched her belongings and uncovered bags of marijuana and tobacco.

King was charged with illegal possession of contraband in a prison, authorities said.

Legal Aid’s website says King is a law graduate working in its criminal appeals bureau.

Sources said she tried to dupe correction officers last month multiple times by signing in as a staff lawyer for Legal Aid while visiting detainees.

She wasn’t working on Patterson’s case, according to sources.


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