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August 15, 2009

"Fake lawyer Kieffer sentenced to 51 months"

The title of this post is the headline of this Denver Post article providing the sentencing news in a fraud case involving a defendant well known to lots of folks in the federal sentencing community.  Here are the details:

Howard O. Kieffer, an imposter attorney who bilked federal defendants across the country out of thousands of dollars, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison Friday and ordered to pay $152,750 in restitution.

Kieffer, 54, did not make a statement during the 90-minute sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D., said Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hagler.  He could have faced up to 25 years in prison, but given his criminal history, federal sentencing guidelines placed his conduct in a range of 51 to 63 months....

Federal prosecutors charged Kieffer with mail fraud and making false statements as he applied for admission as an attorney in North Dakota.  Testimony and evidence against Kieffer from clients around the country were used during his sentencing hearing.  Last year, a Denver Post investigation found that Kieffer represented at least 16 clients in 10 federal jurisdictions around the U.S., mostly on post-conviction motions.

August 15, 2009 at 09:21 AM | Permalink


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Was this the person who also gave sentencing law lectures, and helped dozens of attorneys learn? One wonders if he harmed any client by inadequate representation. He would then be in the same boat as the public defenders. The false statement beef is a pretextual lawyer gotcha if he did not harm a client. The CCE has no moral standing to prosecute for unauthorized practice of law, and seems that it found other weasel charges, such as mail fraud. Long sentences should not be permitted for pretextual, weasel mala prohibita. The license itself may represent criminal conversion of the chattel of the public, the law, by the law technician. The very necessity of a license represents a crime. The lawyer has used inscrutable wording and set up impossible procedures to force the public to hire the lawyer to use its own property, the law.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 15, 2009 10:41:49 AM

interesting publication

Posted by: odszkodowanie komunikacyjne | Aug 15, 2009 11:27:05 AM

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