Preliminary hearing for man accused of posing as lawyer

RCMP allege man posed as lawyer and took cash to prepare legal documents

A preliminary hearing will be held in August for a Red Deer man accused of posing as a lawyer in a fraud scheme.

RCMP said in March 2017 they began investigating an allegation that a man representing himself as a lawyer was taking money from clients in exchange for preparing legal documents.

As the investigation continued, more victims were identified. In all, police have identified nine victims, eight of whom paid for legal services from the accused between December 2016 and April 2017. One of the alleged victims was a process server allegedly hired by the suspect to serve a civil claim.

The suspect was operating under the business name SS & Associates LLP.

Chance Aaron Shaw, who was 26 at the time of his arrest last July, has been charged with six counts of trafficking or uttering a forged document, four counts of fraud under $5,000, forgery and false pretenses.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 17 in Red Deer provincial court.

Preliminary hearings are held to determine whether there is enough evidence to take a case to trial. Evidence presented at a preliminary hearing is covered by a publication ban.

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