Nonlawyer with Several Active Cases Pleads Guilty to Theft, UPL
Posted May 26, 2011 7:44 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Updated: A nonlawyer who used a fake bar number to handle several cases in Kentucky has pleaded guilty to felony theft by deception and the unauthorized practice of law.
Kelly Fulmer was the attorney of record in at least 11 active cases, most of them in Boone County, when an investigation was launched into his credentials last fall, the Chillicothe Gazette reports. He did mostly probate work, but he also handled a drunken driving case, the newspaper says.
Fulmer practiced law for about five years, prosecutors say. He attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, but dropped out when he was one semester short of graduation, his lawyer, Tasha Scott, told the reporter.
Fulmer will enter a pretrial diversion program that allows him to avoid his three-year prison sentence. He will also have to pay restitution to his clients.
Updated to clarify with whom lawyer Tasha Scott spoke.