The Criminal Code contains a variety of broad offences related to fraud and financial crimes. These offences vary in severity and scope and can range from simple theft to possession of credit card data to much larger offences that involve other acts of Parliament, such as the Income Tax Act. Commonly prosecuted offences include fraud (over or under $5,000), copying of credit card data or receiving payment of a criminal interest rate. Other offences such as making a false statement in order to obtain property, forgery or uttering a forged document are other potential charges.
Any fraud related offence leading to a conviction can have obvious long-term consequences.
The evidence gathered by the police in these investigations can sometimes be overwhelming in volume and complexity and must be carefully scrutinized. A competent criminal defence lawyer must not overlook any piece of disclosure or any possible defence in these types of cases.
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