WICHITA, Kan. — A longtime Canadian con man, who spent nearly 40 years financially victimizing women, was sentenced in federal court Monday to four years in prison on numerous convictions related to his assuming his deceased, infant brother's identity.
This sentence is the result of lengthy investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States and throughout Canada.
Leslie Lyle Camick, 58, originally from Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada, was sentenced on seven counts; including mail fraud, wire fraud, providing false statements to the U.S. Patent Office, intimidating a federal witness, and three counts of aggravated identity theft. Camick was convicted in January of all the charges following a jury trial, in which the panel deliberated for slightly more than an hour.
Camick's legal troubles began in 1997, following the revocation of his Canadian driver's license for numerous drunken driving and other traffic violations. He also had his passport revoked due to more than $300,000 in unpaid child support owed to his ex-wife. Due to his criminal and civil history, Camick is no longer eligible for a driver's license in Canada.
That same year, applications for the birth certificate of Wayne B. Camick (Camick's brother who died as an infant) were made to Canadian federal authorities. The birth certificate was then used to apply for a Vermont driver's license, which became a breeder document for multiple drivers' licenses issued to Leslie Camick under his brother's name in several states and in the Cayman Islands.
In 2005, Camick began a relationship with Evelyn "Lyn" Wattley while working on Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in Florida. He later persuaded Wattley to start a Kansas-based telecommunications business called KaiTraxx.
Eventually, Camick began fraudulently shifting KaiTraxx contracts and assets to another telecommunications company in Arizona. When confronted, Camick denied owing Wattley anything and declined to return valuable company property, including a company truck. Wattley immediately took steps to remove Camick from the business' operations and alerted authorities to the vehicle theft, which led to Camick's arrest in New Mexico in 2011.
While dealing with the New Mexico charges, Camick was again arrested later in 2011 in New Jersey for drunken driving. Following this arrest he encountered ICE authorities. Based on inconsistencies in his statements during his initial interview, ICE conducted a formal interview to determine his real identity. During that interview Camick repeatedly tried to convince authorities he was Wayne Bradley Camick, but they ultimately determined his true identity.
While the federal fraud charges stemming from his involvement with KaiTraxx were pending, Camick filed a federal lawsuit against Wattley claiming she violated his civil rights by having him falsely arrested for stealing the company vehicle. In that filing, Camick made several fraudulent statements about his immigration status and a false claim that he and Wattley were married via common-law.
Camick even attempted to force Wattley to pay him for half of her home, which he claimed was jointly-owned real estate.
Additionally, Camick sought to have a U.S. Patent Office application amended to have KaiTraxx removed from a provisional patent and have himself named as the sole inventor of a manhole locking mechanism both he and Wattley jointly invented. Camick claimed the patent could have been worth as much as $5 billion.
During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that:
- Beginning in 1997, Camick used the identity of his deceased brother, Wayne Bradly Camick, who died as an infant in 1958.
- He used the stolen identity to unlawfully enter and remain in the U.S. Â for at least 10 years.
- He used the stolen identity to obtain a Canadian Social Insurance card and a driver's license in the Caymen Islands.
- Using his brother's identity, he signed documents for the purchase of real estate in Winfield, and documents to obtain a U.S. patent.
- He filed a federal civil rights lawsuit containing false allegations against a witness in his criminal case.
In addition to his prison sentence, Camick must also pay more than $15,000 in restitution to Wattley.