Local attorney faces more than 40 felony charges

Jennifer Kammerer has been licensed since 1999

SAN DIEGO - A local lawyer trusted with helping others understand the law is now in big trouble with it herself.

Jennifer Kammerer, who has been licensed to practice law in California since 1999, faces 46 counts in San Diego Superior Court, 10News learned.

Court records show a long list of charges against her, including forgery, false financial statements, receiving stolen property, forgery of documents and burglary.

A search warrant shows Kammerer, who specialized in trust and estate law, was under investigation for "using the personal identifying information of clients and others to apply for credit."

In 2012, investigators say Kammerer applied for a CitiBank credit card using a former client's name, Social Security number, and residence.

An address listed for Kammerer led to a UPS store. 10News confirmed she had an office on Fay Street in La Jolla, but a person who works in the building said she left a couple of years ago and did not know where she relocated her practice.

The phone number listed for Kammerer still has a voicemail telling callers that they reached her law office.

San Diego Deputy District Attorney James Teh said there are 12 former clients who are victims.

Kammerer was suspended by the California State Bar in 2012, but despite that, documents show that she still "sent out a mass email to potential clients advertising estate planning services."

Currently, she is not eligible to practice law.

10News contacted two of her former clients, and both said they had no idea she faced such serious charges. One called it a "complete shock."

If convicted, Kammerer could face anywhere between three to six years behind bars on each count.

An attorney for Kammerer had no comment on the charges.

Her next court date is in mid-December.

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