Fraud charges as set out in Section 380(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada, occur when someone has defrauded a person or the public by deceit, falsehood, or other fraudulent means, of money, property, or valuable security or a service. Fraud charges are considered a property related offence and are classified based on the value of the amount that is alleged to have been defrauded. The two classifications are fraud under $5000.00 and fraud over $5000.00.
Fraud charges can include such acts as business fraud, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, credit card fraud, contract fraud, cheque fraud, forgery, identity theft, embezzlement, price switching, computer/internet fraud, employee theft and breaches of trust.
Being found guilty of a fraud or breach of trust related offence will often result in a criminal record and can have profound legal and social consequences. The legal penalties you may face include, imprisonment, probation, forfeiture orders, fines and restitution.
In addition to the legal penalties, a person who is convicted of a fraud related offence may face other consequences, including dismissal from their employment, difficulty obtaining employment, professional decertification, impact on immigration status, travel implications, damaged reputation and social stigma, financial stress and bankruptcy and loss of family and social relationships
Fraud charges are often complex and lengthy matters, involving extensive disclosure and documents. If you are being investigated for, or have been charged with a fraud or breach of trust related offence, it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defence lawyer.
If you have been charged with fraud or a breach of trust related offence, in London or Southwestern Ontario, call Jeff Conway for a free consultation.
At Jeff Conway Law, we have the experience and resources to fight your charge and we will provide you with competent representation and endeavour to achieve the best possible outcome for your matter.