Proceeds of Crime

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Proceeds of Crime?

What is Proceeds of Crime?

Proceeds of crime is a very serious offence. It often comes with charges of Theft, Fraud, Drugs, Assault, Robbery, etc.

The Criminal Code defines Proceeds of Crime as:

 “Every one commits an offence who uses, transfers the possession of, sends or delivers to any person or place, transports, transmits, alters, disposes of or otherwise deals with, in any manner and by any means, any property or any proceeds of any property with intent to conceal or convert that property or those proceeds, knowing or believing that all or a part of that property or of those proceeds was obtained or derived directly or indirectly as a result of

(a) the commission in Canada of a designated offence; or


(b) an act or omission anywhere that, if it had occurred in Canada,    would have constituted a designated offence.”


Sentencing depends on whether the Crown elects summarily or by indictment. It is thus important to contact a lawyer early on to ensure that the election is negotiated.

  • If an indictable election, the maximum term of imprisonment not is ten years

  • If a summary election, the maximum term of imprisonment is six months