To defraud someone is to deprive a person of their property by some method of deceit or dishonesty, that is intended to cause loss or risk of loss to another. Fraud is often considered a form of white-collar crime. In Canada defrauding “the public, or any person, of property, money, valuable security or any services, and for affecting the public market price of stocks, shares, merchandise or anything offered for sale to the public” constitutes the offence of Fraud.
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The Criminal Code of Canada: Fraud
Section 380 of the Criminal Code sets out the legal definition of Fraud as;
- 380 (1) “Every one who, by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means, whether or not it is a false pretense 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.”
- Real and personal property of every description and deeds and instruments relating to or evidencing the title or right to property, or giving a right to recover or receive money or goods,
Examples of ‘fraudulent means’ include: the board of directors of a company joining together to defraud a company; silence or omission that would mislead a reasonable person; bank, tax or credit card fraud; insurance fraud; identity theft; counterfeiting; forgery; or, extortion. Courts take a very serious approach to these types of cases, especially in situations where the accused and complainant have a relationship of trust. The courts spilt Fraud offences into two categories, Fraud Over $5,000 and Fraud Under $5,000.
How Passi & Patel Can Help
If you, a friend or a loved one, are charged with Fraud, this charge must be taken seriously. We, at Passi & Patel, understand the very significant consequences and long-term repercussions that may follow a conviction for Fraud related offences.
Fraud cases typically involve a substantial amount of disclosure, thus requiring a thorough and detail-oriented approach. We, at Passi & Patel, have the knowledge, and resources to defend both large-scale and minor Fraud offences. Professional legal advice from experienced Fraud lawyers can make a significant difference in how a matter proceeds through the court.
Fraud is considered to be a ‘crime of dishonesty’ and as such, having a criminal record involving a Fraud charge may have a considerable impact on future employment. As experienced and skilled Milton fraud lawyers, we will take all the necessary steps to obtain the best possible result for your case.
Contact Passi & Patel Criminal Lawyers today to get the process started with a no obligation consultation.
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