Canadian Fraud Offences;
Fraud is a serious criminal offence in Canada that can carry severe consequences. According to section 380 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada, fraud is committed when a person uses deceit, lies, or other fraudulent means to defraud the public or an individual of money, property, valuable securities, or services. Depending on the value of the subject matter of the offence, a person found guilty of fraud can face either an indictable offence with a maximum prison term of 14 years, or an indictable offence with a maximum prison term of 2 years or a summary conviction.
In addition, under subsection (1.1), if a person is convicted of one or more offences of fraud and the total value of the subject matter of the offences exceeds $1 million, they must receive a minimum punishment of 2 years in prison. Subsection (2) also states that anyone who uses deceit, lies, or other fraudulent means to affect the public market price of stocks, shares, merchandise, or other items offered for sale to the public can be found guilty of an indictable offence with a maximum prison term of 14 years.
If you have been charged with fraud, it’s important to seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defence lawyer. They will be able to advise you on your legal options and help you navigate the legal process to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.