Pennsylvania: Fake lawyer Leaford George Cameron got student deported, lost client’s home to foreclosure sentenced to 12-years

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Previously covered FAKE attorney Cameron was sentenced to 12-YEARS in prison. We think it is fair to say that at 65 years old, his lawyer days are over for good. FINALLY.

Pennsylvania: Fake lawyer Leaford George Cameron got student deported, lost client's home to foreclosure sentenced to 12-years

Leaford George Cameron wasn't just a phony lawyer, he was a lousy phony lawyer, federal officials say.

Cameron, 65, of Burlington, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Wednesday following his latest conviction for running a fraudulent, multi-state law practice.

This was the third time he was caught running the same scam, and Cameron, who has never been a licensed attorney, was still on probation following a 2014 conviction for the same crime when he was busted again.

In the latest case, he defrauded more than 100 victims from several states and foreign countries and pocketed nearly $200,000 in attorney's fees.

His clients/victims included many immigrants and low-income residents. One of his clients saw his home foreclosed upon and a National Honor Society student was wrongfully deported, the feds said.

"The evidence presented at trial proved, beyond a reasonable doubt, that this defendant was not only a phony lawyer, but also an incompetent phony lawyer," said U.S. Attorney William McSwain, of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

"Lawyers take an oath to uphold and promote the rule of law, not subvert it. Far from a guardian of the law, Cameron is a crook whose fraud caused serious harm to his victims and the public's trust in our legal institutions," he said.

Cameron went all out to fool the courts and his clients, calling his firm either  "The Law Offices of Cameron, Hamilton and Associates" or "The Law Offices of Bernstein, Cameron, Hamilton and Associates."

He used fake law partner names, business cards, letterhead and stolen attorney identification numbers from real Pennsylvania lawyers when filing court documents. He covered his tracks when filing his taxes by referring to himself as a "consultant" or "litigation specialist," rather than using the term lawyer, authorities said.

Cameron was convicted in February on one count of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and three counts of making false statements.

In addition to time behind bars, he will serve three years of supervised release once free.