A Red Deer judge entered not guilty pleas Thursday for a man facing fraud charges.
Some of Chance Aaron Shaw’s charges date back to 2017, when it is alleged he posed as a lawyer to bilk at least nine people who paid him for legal services.
Police said the alleged scams occurred between December 2016 and April 2017. The suspect operated under the fictitious business name SS & Associates LLP.
Shaw is also facing fraud charges laid in 2018 and 2019. In all, he is facing nearly two dozen charges.
Last November, RCMP asked for the public’s help in locating Shaw, who was wanted for allegedly selling a motorcycle that was not his.
He was eventually picked up by police and charged with two fraud-related offences and nine counts of breaching court orders.
Crown prosecutor Stephen Hill pointed out that Shaw’s charges have been before the courts for a long time.
“These things have been kicking around forever. Something’s got to happen.”
Red Deer provincial court Judge Bert Skinner pointed out Shaw was making his 13th court appearance on some charges. He entered not guilty pleas on his behalf for all charges and elected to have them tried by a judge and jury.
Court was told that Shaw, who is in custody at the Edmonton Remand Centre, is in the process of getting a lawyer.
He had just recently received more disclosure — which includes evidence the prosecution will use to try him.
Shaw returns to court on Feb. 26.