According to Canada’s Criminal Code, fraud is the obtaining of goods, services, money, and property through deceitful means. This may be through creating and using forged documents and cheques, identity theft, credit card fraud, or a breach of trust.
Few people know that you usually face a more harsh consequence for fraud than if you committed theft. Also, depending on the amount of money involved, the punishment for your actions can be quite severe. If the offences involve more than $5,000, you will face a stricter penalty. While less than $5,000 will typically result in a lesser punishment. However, it should be noted that if this is a repeat offence, or not your first conviction, you may receive a tougher sentence.
If you commit a breach of trust theft, the Crown enforces stricter consequences. This crime is often referred to as a “white-collar crime” due to the fact they mostly occur between an employer and an employee who has committed fraud. Even if it is a first offence, those accused of breach of trust face stricter punishment. This is to protect employers from those they employ.
In fact, most employers have policies that prevent them from continuing to employ or hire someone with a fraud conviction. So, if you are facing charges like these, you are going to be dealing with a complex case with hefty penalties that can drag on for months and even years. That’s why you need to have an experienced criminal lawyer to help you through these troubling times, and our criminal lawyers at Brett Gladstone Law Corp are ready to consult with you and discuss your options.