Police have charged a former real estate lawyer with fraud in a case they allege swindled 49 people out of more than $1.5 million.

Ontario Provincial Police say 37-year-old Stuart Cameron Murray of Kitchener, Ont., was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000.

They say he previously ran a law practice called "Mullun Law" with offices throughout the province, including Kitchener, Ottawa, Toronto, Oakville and Sudbury.

Police have given no details on how the fraud allegedly operated but say it involved misappropriating funds from the firm's trust account.

They say Murray is due to appear in court in Ottawa on June 12.

The Law Society of Ontario's website says Murray's licence is currently suspended.