Fraud is a very broad criminal offence that ranges from altering a price tag to multi-million dollar Ponzi schemes. While the charge is very similar to theft, fraud requires deceit or falsehood. Depending on the monetary value of the fraud, an accused may be charged with fraud under $5,000 or fraud over $5,000. The elements of the two offences are the same, but the punishments are drastically different. A fraud conviction can result in sentences ranging from discharges to significant periods of incarceration.


Fraud is an incredibly complex area of law often involving voluminous disclosure, forensic accountants and specialized prosecutors. Due to its complexity, it is important to have a highly skilled defence lawyer by your side. Cory Wilson has significant experience representing individuals charged with fraud including the largest fraud in Canadian history.

Alternative Measures Program

In certain circumstances, an accused person may have their fraud under $5,000 charge withdrawn by entering into the Alternative Measures Program. This is a program that diverts offenders from the traditional court system. Upon completing certain conditions such as counselling or community service, the fraud charge is withdrawn leaving the accused with no criminal record.

Often, the difference between entering the Alternative Measures Program or not, is having the right criminal defence lawyer. Cory Wilson works tirelessly to ensure that each client who is eligible for the program, is accepted into the program.

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