Brampton, Ont. lawyer Charles Amissah-Ocran has had his licence suspended on an interlocutory basis until the completion of a law society investigation into his real estate practice.
The Law Society of Upper Canada is investigating seven complaints about 14 suspect mortgage transactions at his office. Amissah-Ocran blames one of his real estate employees, Claire Graham, for tricking him into involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme. The law society had earlier warned Amissah-Ocran to stop using Graham for real estate services after her involvement in fraudulent mortgage transactions that resulted in another lawyer’s disbarment.
Ocran stopped using Graham for new mortgage files, but continued to employ her for litigation support, and to “clean up” old mortgage files she had previously been involved in, without informing the law society.