PEEL Regional Police investigators from the Fraud Bureau have arrested a lawyer for defrauding clients by withholding funds from their estate wills.
The investigation began after several unrelated victims came forward to the Law Society of Ontario with complaints that a lawyer was withholding funds in trust accounts from being dispersed to clients after the death of their loved ones.
On Saturday, January 11, Shawn Kelly Campbell, a 63-year-old man from Georgetown, was charged with defrauding the public. He appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton for a bail hearing later that day.
Investigators believe that there may be more victims. The accused operated a law office in the Brampton area specializing in family law, real estate, wills and estates.
Peel Regional Police say they are dedicated to the protection of individuals and groups in the community. In many fraud-related cases, people in vulnerable situations are coerced, manipulated and taken advantage of for the profit of the fraudster.
Anyone with information is asked to call investigators with the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 3335. Anonymous information may also be submitted by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.