From a press release issued by the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement:
An Alhambra man who allegedly attempted to extort money from his former employer by posing as a deputy state labor commissioner has plead no contest to obtaining funds through false pretenses. He was sentenced to 16 months in state prison by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa B. Lench.
Gabriel Holguin, 30, was arrested in November 2007, after he posed as a deputy labor commissioner and demanded money by email and phone calls from his former employer, Jayco Acceptance Corp. According to investigators, Holguin tried to force the company to pay him $600 for hours worked or legal action would be taken against the company.
That works out to about a day in prison for every $1.25 he tried to recover. Lawyers aren't cheap, but they aren't nearly that expensive.