Brampton family lawyer arrested for allegedly defrauding clients

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Brampton (January 15, 2020) – Peel police arrested Brampton lawyer, Shawn Kelly Campbell, on January 11, for allegedly defrauding clients. Campbell, who operated a law office specializing in family law, was reported by multiple clients to the Law Society of Ontario. 13 clients complained that he allegedly withheld funds form their Estate Wills in total worth more than $3 million. Campbell has been charged with Defrauding the Public. Investigators believe that there may be more victims.

After several of his former clients complained at the Law Society of Ontario, Peel police arrested and charged Brampton family lawyer Shawn Kelly Campbell with Defrauding the Public on January 11. Campbell appeared for his bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on the same day.

Family lawyer arrested for defrauding clients

The 63-year-old man from Georgetown operated a law office specializing in family law, real estate, wills, and estates in the Brampton area. Investigators from the Peel police Fraud Bureau started their inquiry after several unrelated alleged victims came forward to the Law Society of Ontario.

According to media reports, 13 clients reported that he was withholding funds in trust accounts from being dispersed to clients after the death of their loved one. The complaints added up to more than $3 million of withheld funds.

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Victims are encouraged to come forward

‘In many Fraud related cases, people in vulnerable situations are coerced, manipulated and taken advantage of for the profit of the fraudster,’ Peel police stated in their release on January 14. Investigators believe that there may be more victims and encourage them to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators with the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 3335. Anyone who wishes to inquire fraud recovery information on their own case, or wishes to report fraud with whistleblower protection, please contact D. Slenys at 416-637-3151 or

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