Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and was in line to be named partner when her fraud was discovered.
Forty-five-year-old Kimberly Kitchen, of James Creek, was charged Thursday with forgery and unauthorized practice of law.
The attorney general says 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 attorney general says she handled estate planning for more than 30 clients.
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Kitchen's attorney says, "There are things about the charges we don't agree with so we're going to be fighting some of the charges." She wasn't specific.
The firm didn't immediately return a call Friday.