BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man convicted in North Dakota for impersonating a lawyer has filed an appeal in federal court.

A Bismarck jury found Howard O. Kieffer guilty in 2010 on charges of mail fraud and false statements. Authorities said he lied on his application to practice law in federal court and worked on federal cases in at least 10 states.

Kieffer was sentenced to four years and three months in prison and ordered to repay $152,750 to clients.

The Duluth, Minn., man claims in an appeal filed last week that his lawyers did a poor job of representing him. He’s asking for a new trial or sentencing hearing.

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by Kieffer last year.

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Comments (7)
  1. You can do it says:

    No problem
    You’ll get a new case and get the whole thing thrown out. You have been practicing for years and now have a lot of time to work on your case. I want to see you on the steps of the court house with a big smile!
    Nailed it.

  2. Guy says:

    Just ignore Kieffer’s appeal … its really only an IMPERSONATION of an appeal…

  3. Perry Mason says:

    Impersonating a lawyer?

    Did he lie, cheat, act condesending, overcharge, rip people off, suck up to incompetent judges, neglect clients, delay cases to increase his feas?

    1. maxey says:

      As a lawyer, I object to your statement that we suck up to incompetent judges.

    2. alligator says:

      and i, as a lay person with enough experience in the courtroom agree and support everything Perry Mason said or questioned however i do object to the spelling of the word “fees”…..lawyers really are detestable people.

  4. Bob from S MN says:

    Maybe he should run for an office??

  5. marka$$ says:

    looks like this lawyer had a public defender from Gaylord,MN

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