In Canada, fraud is considered a “property offence”. There are two variations of a fraud charge. The first is “fraud under $5000”, where the value of the amount alleged to be defrauded is under $5000. The second is “fraud over $5000”, where the value of the amount alleged to be defrauded is over $5000. Often, if a fraud persisted over an extended period of time, it is common to that there will be multiple counts of fraud.
Criminal Code of Canada – Definition of Fraud
380. (1) Every one who, by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means, whether or not it is a false pretence within the meaning of this Act, defrauds the public or any person, whether ascertained or not, of any property, money or valuable security or any service,
(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding fourteen years, where the subject-matter of the offence is a testamentary instrument or the value of the subject-matter of the offence exceeds five thousand dollars; or
(b) is guilty
(i) of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or
(ii) of an offence punishable on summary conviction,
where the value of the subject-matter of the offence does not exceed five thousand dollars.
Why should you hire Passi & Patel for fraud related offences?
At Passi & Patel, our Brampton criminal lawyers have the knowledge, skill and attention to detail required to defend both large-scale and minor fraud cases. Often, these cases involve voluminous disclosure which requires patience, commitment and experience to analyze and review. It is important to keep in mind, that similar to any other criminal charge, entering a plea of guilt to a fraud charge can have a number of consequences. In addition to this, a conviction for fraud is particularly problematic because it is considered a “crime of dishonesty”. With this in mind, if you have been charged with fraud, call our office today at 905-459-0004. Our Brampton criminal lawyers would be more than happy to meet you for a free consultation.