Former Suffolk attorney arrested

Published 10:26 pm Friday, August 24, 2012

A former Suffolk attorney was arrested in Canada this week after being on the run since his June 6 indictment on wire fraud charges.

Brian Ray Dinning, 47, who lived in Toronto, has been charged with 25 counts of wire fraud. He was arrested Monday by the Toronto Police Services Fugitive Squad. A court hearing is scheduled next week.

According to a press release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Dinning allegedly recruited nearly two dozen people to invest in numerous for-profit and nonprofit corporations he had established. He allegedly falsely advised investors that they would accrue significant financial gains from projects in South Africa, including luxury housing and hotels as well as diamond and gold mining operations. Donations to his nonprofit corporations would purportedly be used for environmental, agricultural, medical and community projects for tribal people, as well as developing wildlife habitats for native African species, according to the indictment.

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Dinning allegedly used about $2 million in investments for personal and family gain, including making a down payment and mortgage payments on a $975,000 home in Suffolk, paying personal expenses, paying alimony and child support and paying private-school tuition for his children.

Dinning is a graduate of Regent University Law School and holds a postgraduate degree from Georgetown University Law Center, according to the indictment.