Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ready To Remarry, Woman Discovers Divorce a Fraud.(Final)

Byline: Scott Sandlin Journal Staff Writer

* Paralegal who falsified papers shuts business, agrees to compensate clients

Gloria Gordon's caution, then her suspicion, may have kept her from unwittingly becoming a bigamist.

She paid a paralegal service to assist with filings in a no-contest divorce from her husband but discovered to her chagrin months later that the divorce decree delivered to her home by paralegal Michelle Mignardot wasn't final at all.

In fact, it was a fake.

Mignardot, who was doing business as Affordable Paralegal, has agreed to pay restitution to Gordon and others.

She has also been ordered by state District Judge Deborah Davis Walker to cease from "engaging in the unlicensed practice of law. …

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