MIAMI -

Authorities are searching for a 44-year-old convicted child abuser now accused of posing as an attorney to con a convict's family out of $70,000.

Imer Armando Perez vanished this week as state agents sought to arrest him on charges of grand theft and practicing law without a license.

Perez is on probation after serving two years in prison for aggravated child abuse. He apparently honed his skills as a "jailhouse lawyer" by doing legal research in jail.

Relatives of Scotty Posada hired Perez in January. He told them he'd spoken to prosecutors, who agreed to vacate Posada's 27-year sentence. They paid him $70,000. Perez said Posado would be released in 90 days.

The family eventually suspected fraud and contacted authorities.

Miami-Dade County state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Perez also represented someone in traffic court for a $500 fee and offered his legal services to someone else for a non-refundable $20,000 fee.

Perez is charged with practicing law without a license and grand theft.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the FDLE at 786-336-1167.