An Illinois woman lied about her credentials to get a job in front of the public defender's office, and she was only discovered after she worked on 80 cases, prosecutors claimed.
Kelcie Miller, 26, joined defense of dozens of criminal cases from October 2018 to this month, but her colleagues at the Public County Public Defender Office in Madison County claim to have used a fake Illinois Attorney Registration Card.
The Edwardsville woman would also have invented other information to resolve matters after the graduate of Valparaiso University in Indiana and Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, omitted her bar test twice.
Seven months after starting work with the county, a judge discovered she was not licensed to do justice after checking the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission database when a court reporter asked to confirm the spelling of her first name.
Kelcie Miller, 26, was charged with one count of more than $ 10,000 government property theft, plus one count of a lawyer's counterfeit, and one counterfeit count
Miller graduated from the University of Valparaiso, Indiana and the University of South Illinois, Edwardsville
& # 39; Only three days left of the lesson! & # 39 ;: She posted an image of her law-related items in November 2017. But her former boss claimed that she had failed her bar exams twice
She was fired, said public defender John Rekowski, and her colleagues reported her to the police.
Rekowski said that from now on he will check the credentials correctly, Belleville news democrat reported.
& # 39; I have assumed that I do not know how many people are 35 years old. I never asked to see a law permit, & Rekowski said. & # 39; I never lied about it. … I just didn't have a reason to think anyone would do this. The big lie is sometimes better than the small one. & # 39;
Rekowski said that the things she has been working on are being reassigned and that those involved must be informed.
Despite her alleged lies, Miller – who wrote on social media that she was an assistant public defender – has never received complaints about her work.
& # 39; I love my job & # 39 ;: she joined Madison County Public Defender & # 39; s Office in October 2018
Miller was fired last week when a judge could not find her in a legal database. Public Defender John Rekowski claimed that she had lied about having a license to practice
Rekowski said that there was never anything that stood out for me to question her abilities & # 39 ;.
She worked primarily on pleas in non-violent crime cases that earned $ 57,000 a year. Now those who plead guilty in deals about Miller will have to be informed.
Miller was accused of one count of false imitation of a lawyer, and one count of forgery.
Miller was also accused of counting more than $ 10,000 of government property theft, as a result of the salary and benefits that she accepted over time.
It is claimed that Miller used a fake Attorney registration card to get her job for seven months
After the three felony charges, she remained in custody in Madison County jail on a $ 100,000 bond Friday
& # 39; This is a sad reminder that someone like you thinks you've seen everything, lowers the bar even further & # 39 ;, said attorney attorney Tom Gibbons of Madison County in a statement on Thursday.
& # 39; Along with many specific individuals who were misled in their legal representation, Madison County taxpayers are also victims of theft of a substantial amount of money. We will continue to work tirelessly to recover what has been stolen from taxpayers and to do justice to the many victims. Hopefully with our efforts we can restore the balance in our criminal justice system. & # 39;
He mentioned the allegations & # 39; some of the most unusual ones I have ever seen in over 20 years that the law has practiced & # 39 ;.
A disdain in court for practicing without a license can result in a $ 5,000 fine.
Boss members of the person who works without a license can also encounter charges if they are aware of the misconduct.
After the three felony charges, she remained in custody in Madison County jail on a $ 100,000 bond Friday.
Madison County Public Defender From now on John Rekowski checks the login details
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