Fraud is a serious crime that, in addition to potential imprisonment, can have adverse consequences on your financial wellbeing, your employment and your reputation. Criminal Defense Lawyer Ayo Akenroye looks at the full picture, including the immediate impact of arrest and prosecution, as well as the effects of the charges on your life down the road. He recognizes that mistakes happen and you should have the opportunity to move past this difficult time. His goal is to help you get a second chance and move forward in your life.
Types of Fraud
To convict, the Crown must prove each element of fraud, which is generally to commit a deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means to defraud the public or another person of property, money, a service or something of value. The seriousness of the crime depends upon the value of the goods or services. You must have the intent to commit the crime and have taken actual steps to do so. Examples of fraud include:
- Making an untruthful statement to induce another person to transfer property to you
- Misusing company assets, such as filing false expense reports or buying personal items on a company credit card
- Failing to disclose a material fact if you had a duty to disclose
- Embezzling corporate funds
- Bribing elected officials, judges and law enforcement officers
A value of property or service that is over $5,000 is an indictable offense that may be punishable by up to 14 years of incarceration. If the value of the property or service is under $5,000, the fraud offense may be subject to summary disposition with a maximum of six months in jail.
Retain Our Firm During an Investigation
If you believe you are the target of a fraud investigation, you should have legal representation. Do not believe the myth that hiring a lawyer will make you look guilty. If police are questioning you, they likely already suspect you. Furthermore, you have the right to retain legal counsel to protect your interests. For example, police may ask you for documents to which they do not have the right or ask you questions that you can refuse to answer. You may jeopardize your case by giving this information to law enforcement.
Criminal defense lawyer Ayo Akenroye can prevent law enforcement from obtaining incriminating documents or statements against you. Sometimes, through our early involvement in the case, we can stop the Crown from filing charges or we can negotiate a diversion or peace bond agreement.
Defenses Against Fraud
Ayo thoroughly reviews your case to strategize the best defense. His goal is to put you in the best position possible, which may mean negotiating an equitable plea deal or fighting your charges at trial. He considers such defenses as:
- Insufficient evidence to indict or convict
- Lack of intent to commit fraud
- Right to the property
- Another perpetrator of the fraud
- Property value below $5,000
Ayo is always candid about your options and potential outcomes. You can feel confident that the actions he takes on your behalf are in your best interest.
Fight Fraud Charges in the Canadian Courts
If you have been accused of fraud, do not delay in getting the help you need. Ayo Akenroye protects your rights and puts you in the best position possible. Ayo is available to discuss your case in detail during a free 30-minute consultation.