Authorities: Woman posed as lawyer for decade, named partner

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DENVER ,CO--OCTOBER 21ST 2010--The gavel cracks on a foreclosure sale in the Public Trustees offices at the Wellington Webb building during a foreclosure auction Thursday morning. Andy Cross, The Denver Post

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and made partner before 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 before doubting lawyers in the area raised questions. She was also the past president of the Huntingdon County Bar Association.

Her attorney vowed to fight at least some of the charges.

The Huntingdon County law firm didn’t immediately return a call Friday.