FILLMORE : Man Who Acted as Attorney Faces Jail

A Fillmore man who masqueraded as an attorney faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced next month after pleading guilty to 12 felony theft charges and two misdemeanor counts of practicing law without a license.

Kenneth A. Schweit, who turned 38 today, graduated from law school but never passed the bar exam, prosecutors said. He represented clients in civil and family law proceedings and used knowledge gleaned as a law clerk to represent them in court.

But investigators said he took money from several clients who he never represented in court and lied about the results of their cases. Schweit, who entered the guilty pleas on Thursday, was tripped up when Ventura County Superior Court Judge Steven Z. Perren asked for his law license.

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