Man accused of posing as lawyer going to trial

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
September 10, 2018 - 5:52pm

A local man accused of defrauding victims by posing as a lawyer will face a jury trial in 2020.

Chance Aaron Shaw, 27, faces several charges including trafficking or uttering a forged document, fraud under $5,000, forgery and false pretenses.

Mounties began investigating in March 2017 after receiving a complaint that a suspect had represented himself as a lawyer and taken money from his victims in exchange for reportedly preparing legal documents.

Nine victims reported dealing with the suspect in return for legal services on various dates between December and April, including a process server who was hired by the suspect to serve a civil claim, and one victim who grew suspicious and did not pay the suspect.

Police say the suspect operated under the fictitious business name SS & Associates LLP and that the alleged frauds took place between December 2016 and April 2017.

A jury trial for Shaw will take place in Red Deer Court of Queen's Bench January 6-10, 2020. 

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