Fraud, in layman’s terms, means using lies or deception to get something that was not rightfully yours. An accused can defraud another person, a company, or the government. Items that can be defrauded include money, property, objects, or services.

Fraud is categorized by either a Fraud that is over $5,000 or a Fraud that is under $5,000 Fraud Under $5,000 is punishable by up to 2 years in jail. Fraud Over $5,000 is punishable by up to 14 years in jail.

It is illegal to use false statements intended to procure property from another party. You cannot mislead someone regarding the nature of a transaction. False statements to get delivery of property, payment of money, grants, loans, credit, or discounts all equate to Fraud. This also pertains to credit card forgery.

If the nature of the Fraud constitutes a ‘Breach of Trust’ the offence becomes particularly serious given the vulnerability a party places themselves in and the promise of trustworthy service involved. A Breach of Trust in a Fraud often occurs when the alleged victims are employees, caregivers’ clients, charities, etc. A trustee defrauding their trust may face up to 14 years of jail.

To procure a product or service and then leave without paying constitutes a Fraud. This carries a maximum penalty of up to 6 months in jail and / or a fine up to $5,000.

At East Law we are fighters by nature and not afraid of hard work. Fraud cases are document-heavy and often involve thousands of pages of disclosure. We have no problem burning the midnight oil in investigating every possible avenue of defence.

A free consultation with East Law is the best way to start. We will sit down and review your file. We will talk about the courses of action we can take, the likely outcomes, and of course – the best path forward to getting you back on your feet again.


    John East


    B.A. (Hons), M.A., J.D.

    John East lives for a fight. He is not afraid to throw a punch and is certainly not afraid to take a punch. He then became a Criminal Defence Lawyer. Having spent many years working on a farm, John East understands that hard work is what wins out at the end of the day. He applies this motto to every case that he defends, no matter what.