New Jersey Man Fakes Practice As A Lawyer For 12 Years

New Jersey Man  Fakes Practice As A Lawyer For 12 Years

In this age of the computer and smart phones, when scams more often than not are email-related, a Burlington, NJ, man used one of the oldest dodges known to man — lying.

According to an article by Jeff Blumenthal in the Philadelphia Business Journal on Sept. 10, Leaford George Cameron was charged with mail and wire fraud by federal prosecutors in Philadelphia for pretending to be lawyer for 12 years, during which time he took money from 74 different victims who hired him for legal representation. Among the victims were residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Jamaica and India.

The 62-year-old Cameron "practiced" as a member of several fictitious law firms, including Cameron & Associates, Cameron Hamilton & Associates, and Bernstein Cameron Hamilton & Associates. His letterhead listed the names of other associates of his firm, which were also fictitious.

Adding audacity to chicanery, Cameron appeared in court as the legal representative of his victims, filed legal motions and forms in their cases in which he claimed to be an attorney licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, then used Pennsylvania Attorney Identification Numbers that belonged to actual attorneys when he filed those legal forms.

Chances are a movie will be made of his exploits when he gets out of jail — or maybe before. Who said that entrepreneurial spirit no longer exists in America!

Beau Weisman, Editor