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In a strange, yet interesting article posted in the ABAJournal this week, a former California lawyer who gave up his law license more than a decade ago is facing 13 felony charges, accused of assuming a licensed attorney’s identity and practicing under the other lawyer’s name, including making multiple court appearances for clients in San Mateo County Superior Court.

John Hedderman, 52, was released on $50,000 bail after being charged with practicing law without a license and multiple charges of burglary and identity theft, reports the San Mateo County Times.

According to the article, Hedderman was previously convicted on 12 felony counts after passing himself off as another lawyer in Orange County years ago, the newspaper says. Articles published in 2008 in the Orange County Registerand the OC Weekly provide additional details.

In this latest case, Hedderman is accused of taking on the identity of attorney Donald Welch, when representing a client, Ruben Bisceglia, in a criminal case, making three court appearances on his behalf.

The Daily Journal says that Hedderman worked as a paralegal in the law office of the real Donald Welch, a Southern California practitioner.

You just have to wonder how Hedderman thought he would be able to get away with this!

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I wanted to give a big thank you and shout out to Legaco Express for Paralegals for sharing one of my early posts, “No, I Can’t Give Legal Advice!”  You can find the repost here at Legaco Express.

I am always thrilled when someone in the paralegal field reposts one of my blogs, it is good to know that someone is out there reading my blog, other than family and friends of course.  Thanks Legaco Express for making me feel appreciated!

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