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Pa. woman guilty of working for years as unlicensed attorney

Kimberly Kitchen

CBS affiliate WTAJ

PITTSBURGH -- A central Pennsylvania woman has been convicted of using forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade even though she didn't have a law license.

A Huntingdon County judge on Thursday convicted 45-year-old Kimberly Kitchen on charges of forgery, unauthorized practice of law and felony records tampering.

State prosecutors say Kitchen fooled BMZ Law by forging a law license, bar exam results, an email showing she attended Duquesne University law school and a check for a state attorney registration fee. The firm is based in Huntingdon, about 110 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Kitchen, of nearby James Creek, handled estate planning for more than 30 clients despite never attending law school and even served as president of the county bar association for a time.

The judge didn't immediately schedule sentencing.