An Orange County man pleaded guilty this week to federal criminal charges.
Ze’Shawn Stanley Campbell, a 35-year-old from Irvine, CA, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.
Charges included defrauding 19 victims, many of whom he developed romantic relationships with, and then he laundered the money he took from his scamming.
From April 2014 to April 2020, Campbell convinced his victims that he was reliable by becoming friends with them and starting romantic relationships with many of them. The 35-year-old claimed he was a former Navy SEAL who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
To scam them, he lied, said he had millions of dollars, and ran multiple successful businesses, including McDonald’s franchises, a security company, and a chain of Texas gyms.
Campbell also claimed success in investing in things like Bitcoin.
After Campbell earned their trust, he convinced them to provide money and property to him, promising to use their money and property to support his businesses, pour into investments and pay medical bills.
Instead, he deposited the money into personal accounts and used it to bankroll his lifestyle.
Campbell admits to losses from victims of at least $250K and up to $1.5M from 19 victims, including ten people and nine companies.
A hearing will be held on January 6, and Campbell will face the statutory maximum sentence of 30 years.