Red Deer, Alberta – A Red Deer man faces 12 Criminal Code charges after a months-long RCMP investigation in which the suspect is alleged to have defrauded a number of victims between December 2016 and April 2017 while representing himself as a lawyer.
Red Deer RCMP began their investigation at the end of March after receiving a complaint that the suspect had represented himself as a lawyer and taken money from his victims in exchange for reportedly preparing legal documents. RCMP subsequently received several more complaints from other victims; through the course of the investigation, RCMP identified 9 victims who reported dealing with the suspect in return for legal services on various dates between December 2016 and April 2017, 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. The suspect operated under the fictitious business name SS & Associates LLP.
On June 7, Red Deer RCMP executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and seized electronics and documents relevant to the investigation, including documents under the business name SS & Associates LLP.
26 year old Chance Aaron Shaw faces the following charges:
- Criminal Code 368(1)(a) – Use, trafficking or possession of forged document X 6
- Criminal Code 380(1)(b) – Fraud under $5,000 X 4
- Criminal Code 367(1) – Forgery
- Criminal Code 463/362(2)(b) – False pretences
Chance Shaw is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on July 21 at 8:30 am.
The Law Society of Alberta regulates the legal profession and protects the public by promoting and enforcing a high standard of professional and ethical conduct from Alberta lawyers. The Law Society maintains an online tool called Lawyer Directory, which allows the public to search for a specific lawyer by name, location, firm, area(s) of practice, gender and language(s) spoken. If an individual’s name cannot be found on Lawyer Directory, it may mean that this individual is not authorized to practice law in Alberta. Please contact the Law Society to confirm an individual’s ability to practice law. If you have any concerns about the unauthorized practice of law, contact the Law Society by phone at 1-800-661-9003. Please consult the Law Society of Alberta for more information.
If you have information about this investigation, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online. If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.
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Cst. Jody Young
Red Deer RCMP