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Fraud - Hobson & Reeve

What is fraud? Basically, fraud is the unlawful obtaining of any money, valuable securities, or services from the public or any person or group of people through fraudulent or dishonest methods. In Canada, fraud can carry a penalty of up to two years in prison if the case involves less than $5,000; charges that involve property or money worth more than $5,000 may carry a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.

Fraud Through False Pretenses or False Statements

Many fraud cases involve false pretense or false statements. That means that the defendant made a representation of fact that he or she knew to be false at the time he or she made the statement. Moreover, the defendant made the false statement intending for another person to act on it. The statement may be about either past or present facts, and may be made by words or through other means of communication,

False pretenses or false or misleading statements often allow the defendant to obtain property, money, or some other benefit (such as a loan, an extension of credit, a discount, or a check or promissory note). Fraud can also encompass any false statement in writing, such as a credit application or credit reference.

Fraud Through Impersonation

Impersonation is another form of fraud, in which a person represents himself as someone else. In this type of fraud, the defendant might impersonate any person, living or dead, with the intent to gain some form of advantage over another person or to cause disadvantage to the person being impersonated. For example, a defendant might represent himself as holding a position he does not in fact hold, such as a police officer, public official, or other position of authority. Fraud through impersonation can carry with it a penalty of up to ten years in prison.

Hobson & Reeve Barristers

The lawyers of Hobson & Reeve have over 60 years of combined experience in criminal law, and have worked hard to establish a solid reputation as formidable opponents in court, as well as effective negotiators when it comes to plea bargains. David Hobson and Dennis Reeve both have served as Crown Attorneys as well as defence lawyers; this unique perspective enables them to protect their clients’ rights and craft the best defence on behalf of each client. They are committed to putting their years of experience to work for you. Their offices are located at 34 Eagle Street, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 1J1, or they can be reached by calling (866) 815-2745.