Fraud covers a range of charges both civil and criminal. All acts of fraud involve knowingly deceiving an individual or the public for the purpose of gain or damaging a victim. Fraud charges could arise from misrepresenting products or services, misusing company assets for personal purposes, choosing not to disclose important information to investors, etcetera.
If you have questions about a fraud related charge, call Rishi Gill at 604.899.1436. Your initial consultation with Rishi is no charge and includes a review of your case, possible defences and courses of action. When you call, you will speak to Rishi Gill directly (not a paralegal or assistant), so you can be assured that the counsel you receive will be timely and discrete.
Fraud is prosecuted under sections 380 through 396 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Depending on the seriousness of the charges, it can be pursued as a hybrid offence or an indictable offence. Like theft, fraud under $5,000 is treated more leniently than fraud over $5,000.
Your sentence can be increased based on a number of aggravating circumstances. These include significance of the impact, taking advantage of high community regard, and attempts to hide evidence by destroying records.
Charges of fraud under $5,000 prosecuted as summary offences carry a maximum sentence of 6 months or a $5,000 fine. More serious convictions can result in a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.
Fraud charges are serious, and you should consult a legal professional in order to minimize your chances of conviction. For more information and expert representation, contact Rishi Gill today at 604.899.1436.