The Consequences Of Conviction For Fraud

Ed Prutschi explains the consequences of being convicted for fraud.

Sentencing can range from scenarios where a person does not go to jail, all the way up to sentences that are extremely lengthy in the 10, 15, 20 years for multimillion-dollar complex frauds perpetrated against employers in a breach of trust scenario that were planned and deliberate over a lengthy period of time.

Canadian courts do change the severity of the sentencing when there is an employee-employer relationship and a breach of trust. If you work for the company and utilize your position of employment in order to perpetrate a fraud against your employer, you are actually going to be treated much more harshly because you have taken advantage of your employer’s trust in your honesty.

There are options for non-custodial sentences when an individual has a sympathetic reason for having been involved in a fraud. The root of the crime could be personal familial poverty or sometimes an addiction to gambling or drugs and alcohol. If a client makes restitution there is some significant leeway that can be given and we will look for that in a plea bargain situation.


If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with criminal law issues in the Toronto,Ontario Region, contact Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman for a consultation.

This information is taken from an interview from February 29, 2008 with Ed Prutschi, Criminal Lawyer with Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman, Toronto Criminal Lawyers. The article is provided as an information service only and should not be used as legal advice. Laws vary by jurisdiction so please consult with an appropriate legal professional if you are looking for help with a specific situation.