Being implicated in an allegation of fraud is a very serious charge. Especially if the fraud in question resulted in a theft of over $5,000, where the penalties can be as great as 14-years in prison. Financial theft through fraud is a growing concern in the digital e-commerce market place and the penalties in place are made daunting in an attempt to mitigate the frequency and severity of these white collar offences.
Fraud has been designated the intentional deception resulting in injury to another person and it is identified under the Criminal Code of Canada as major criminal offence. This type of financial crime is actively discouraged through assigning extensive prison sentences for those individuals found guilty. You need to secure a financial crimes lawyer immediately.
What are the Penalties for Fraud?
The penalties for fraud under the Criminal Code of Canada are unforgiving. The prison sentences are some of the longest contained in the Criminal Code — up to 14-years. Section 380(1) states, everyone who, by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means, defrauds the public or any person, whether ascertained or not, of any property, money or valuable security or any service:
- Is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 14-years, where the subject-matter of the offence exceeds five thousand dollars; or
- Is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term up to 2-years, where the value of the subject-matter of the offence does not exceed five thousand dollars.
However, if the subject-matter of the offences exceeds one million dollars, a minimum punishment of more than 2-years is mandatory for repeat offenders.
Types of Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Credit Card Fraud
- Health Care Fraud
- Internet Fraud
- Mail Fraud
- Public Assistance Fraud
- Securities Fraud
Let Our Fraud Defense Lawyers Help
The fraud defense lawyers at the Law Office of Regina Criminal Lawyers are in Regina and ready to defend you at trial. Our criminal defense lawyers have an established practice in Saskatchewan and know how to protect your interests. We are willing to lend our experience and expertise to your case and see that these allegations of fraud will not become part of your permanent record. Contact us today.