Police: More victims scammed by minister come forward

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Three more people have come forward claiming that they are victims of a minister who is accused of giving legal advice without actually having a license to practice law.

The victims told the North Charleston Police Department that they each had paid 64-year-old David Lee Edward Mitchell for legal help under the understanding that Mitchell was a lawyer.

One of the latest victims, a 25-year-old woman, told police that she was arrested for DUI and met with Mitchell, paying him $500 to work her case and show up in court on her behalf. According to the victim, Mitchell promised her she had nothing to worry about and that all charges would be dropped.

Police say another woman came forward after seeing Mitchell on the news and told investigators that she had been defrauded of $1100. The 59-year-old woman said she met with Mitchell who claimed to have three lawyers working with him and that her son would be out of jail. The woman told police that Mitchell had done nothing to help them after being paid.

In another case, a 19-year-old woman said she had paid Mitchell $300 to help her boyfriend who was incarcerated at the Charleston County jail. A police report states that after the woman paid Mitchell and did not hear back from him, she went to his office and discovered it was an abandoned building.

Mitchell was arrested by the North Charleston Police Department on March 15 accused of giving legal advice to other inmates. Mitchell has also been charged by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office for the same violation.

According to an affidavit,  Mitchell gave legal advice to several inmates that were either currently or formerly being held at the Cannon Detention Center. Court documents reveal that Mitchell was convicted in 2005 of forgery and grand larceny and was paroled in 2007.

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