Fraud is a very serious charge. Roxana Soica understands the delicacy of this charge and how to proceed with Crown Prosecutors. In a recent case, Roxana had the charge of Fraud completely withdrawn: the client was happy to walk away with NO CRIMINAL RECORD. Roxana’s finance background gives her an edge in fraud cases. She is happy to chat free of charge at 416.723.6497.
(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.
It is important that your lawyer negotiate with the Crown early on to ensure that the Crown does not proceed by indictment. All sentencing options are available (please refer to The Criminal Process) but fraud charges are more likely to result in a criminal conviction and jail than theft charges.