Ottawa Fraud Lawyer

Being charged with fraud in Ontario is a serious matter and if you are facing fraud charges, you need the help of an experienced lawyer.  Fraud in Ontario is defined as intentional deception for unlawful gain.  In other words, fraud occurs when an individual profits from deliberately misleading or deceiving another individual.  Examples of fraud include: tax fraud, healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, and business fraud.  Such crimes are also often termed “white collar crimes”, particularly when the crimes are committed by wealthy individuals, businesses or government employees.

Allegations of fraud can be damaging to a person’s reputation, career and family life.  Investigations into fraud charges are often time consuming and complicated because they usually involve complex paper or electronic trails that the lawyers need to examine.  If you were charged with fraud involving your employer, the allegations and potential consequences are often more serious.  In addition, the potential consequences usually increase in proportion with the seriousness of the fraud committed.

Due to the complex nature of fraud charges, it is in your best interest to hire a good Ottawa fraud lawyer who can represent you and defend your case.  You are more likely to receive a favourable outcome if you work with a criminal lawyer who is experienced in defending fraud allegations.

If you are unsure as to whether or not some of your behaviour qualifies as fraud, it is important for you to speak with a fraud lawyer.  This might protect you in the future if you are investigated for fraudulent activity.  The law surrounding fraud can be complicated and in some circumstances, individuals may not be aware that the transactions or financial activities they are involved in are fraudulent.  In order to avoid criminal charges or to establish a sound legal defence against fraud, speak with an experienced Ottawa fraud lawyer.

Ottawa Fraud Lawyer

Being charged with fraud in Ontario is a serious matter and if you are facing fraud charges, you need the help of an experienced lawyer.  Fraud in Ontario is defined as intentional deception for unlawful gain.  In other words, fraud occurs when an individual profits from deliberately misleading or deceiving another individual.  Examples of fraud include: tax fraud, healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, and business fraud.  Such crimes are also often termed “white collar crimes”, particularly when the crimes are committed by wealthy individuals, businesses or government employees.

Allegations of fraud can be damaging to a person’s reputation, career and family life.  Investigations into fraud charges are often time consuming and complicated because they usually involve complex paper or electronic trails that the lawyers need to examine.  If you were charged with fraud involving your employer, the allegations and potential consequences are often more serious.  In addition, the potential consequences usually increase in proportion with the seriousness of the fraud committed.

Due to the complex nature of fraud charges, it is in your best interest to hire a good Ottawa fraud lawyer who can represent you and defend your case.  You are more likely to receive a favourable outcome if you work with a criminal lawyer who is experienced in defending fraud allegations.

If you are unsure as to whether or not some of your behaviour qualifies as fraud, it is important for you to speak with a fraud lawyer.  This might protect you in the future if you are investigated for fraudulent activity.  The law surrounding fraud can be complicated and in some circumstances, individuals may not be aware that the transactions or financial activities they are involved in are fraudulent.  In order to avoid criminal charges or to establish a sound legal defence against fraud, speak with an experienced Ottawa fraud lawyer.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Introducing New Technology to Fight Fraud

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER –  Last week the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) rolled out a new tracking tool that will make it more difficult for those facing Ontario lottery fraud charges to defend themselves.

OLG’s new tracking system, known as the Data Analysis and Retrieval Technology (DART), can investigate the Corporation’s entire database in a matter of minutes. OLG intends to use it to seek out suspicious or potentially fraudulent practices.

An online article readable at ItWorldCanada.com, Ontario Lottery Turns to BI to Fight Fraud, sheds light on just how powerful this technology is. For example, it can trace back the entire history of any given ticket, including where it was sold, what the retailer had been doing at the terminal prior to the sale, and the time and location of checking the winning ticket.

This is the most recent of various measures the Ontario government has implemented, over the last three years, to prevent fraudulent lottery claims by those who sell tickets. Some of the other fraud-fighting steps have included:

  • A registration process for lottery ticket dealers, including background checks.
  • Routine inspections to ensure the integrity of Ontario’s lottery system.
  • Offering arbitration hearings for those involved in lottery prize disputes.

Just as with any other type of Ontario fraud, lottery fraud can result in fines, a criminal record, and even imprisonment if you are convicted. As anti-fraud measures become more advanced, you want to make sure you have a top criminal defence lawyer fighting your charges.

Have you been charged with lottery fraud or illegal gambling in Ontario? A top criminal defence lawyer can help you understand your rights, and fight to have the charges against you dismissed. For more information, contact the Ottawa criminal lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email at [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

Ottawa Lawyer | Fraud Prevention Centre Opens in Ontario

OTTAWA FRAUD LAWYER – As a lawyer who often defends individuals charged with fraud and similar financial offences in Ontario, I took a special interest in the recent opening of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) in North Bay, Ontario.

The CAFC assists with fraud cases in two ways. They take phone calls from victims of suspected fraud schemes – especially potential “mass-marketing” fraud schemes involving telephone scams – and report incidents of alleged fraud.

The other half of the practice is more concerning for Ontario defence lawyers. The CAFC employs a team of 24 intelligence analysts who are paid to dig up the details of alleged fraud schemes. These details are then sent to law-enforcement agencies.

The CAFC’s brand-new web site, http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/, releases monthly reports containing some fascinating statistics on fraud in Canada. Here are some of the stats they’ve shared for October 2010:

  • The centre received calls from 640 Canadian mass-marketing fraud victims, who were defrauded of more than $2 million in total.
  • The centre received a total of 10,653 phone calls in the one month alone.
  • More than 600 of October’s complainants were victims of identity theft and identity fraud.

The existence of this new centre – especially given its intelligence staff – will only serve to make the situation more difficult for those who have been charged with fraud in Ontario. As Canada continues to crack down on fraud and other white-collar crimes, it is important to make sure you understand your rights if you have been investigated or charged.

Are you under investigation, or have already been charged, in connection with a case of fraud in Ontario? You should not proceed alone – get help and advice from a top criminal defence lawyer who has experience handling white-collar crime and fraud cases. For more information, contact the Ottawa lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

Can Ontario Accountants and Tax-Preparers be Charged and Convicted of Tax Evasion?

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – Often when an individual is charged with income tax evasion, he or she wasn’t the only one taking care of the tax records. The same goes for business – in many cases, an accountant is involved in preparing tax returns and other tax documents.

As a criminal defence lawyer, a question I sometimes hear is: can an Ontario accountant be charged or eventually convicted for involvement in a client’s tax evasion?

The recent case of R. v. Leo-Mensah served as a poignant reminder that any accountant or financial professional who knowingly assists his or her clients in committing tax evasion can be charged and prosecuted for doing so.

In that case, an Ontario accountant ended up going to court and being convicted. Between 2003 and 2005, he had prepared tax returns for 300 different clients – many of which allegedly contained false claims for charity donations.

The accountant ended up being charged with one charge of fraud and two charges of income tax evasion – the accountant had failed to report income he allegedly received from completing the fraudulent returns. He was convicted of the offences – leading to a large fine and a prison sentence.

So if you are an accountant in Ontario, and one or more of your clients are being investigated or prosecuted for tax evasion, you are not immune from tax evasion charges.

If you are an accountant or professional who is being investigated or charged in connection with income tax evasion, it’s important to speak with a top criminal defence lawyer who can help you understand your rights and advise you on how to proceed. For more information, contact the Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

What Should I do If I am Arrested by the Police?

As an Ottawa criminal defence lawyer, I am often asked what someone should do if he or she is arrested by the police in connection with a crime.

If you are ever arrested by the police for a crime like fraud, tax evasion, assault, impaired driving or even homicide, the worst thing you can do is to talk to the police about “what happened”.  Protesting your innocence to the police will not get you anywhere and may make things much more difficult for your criminal defence lawyer.

Instead of trying to talk your way out of the criminal charges, politely but firmly indicate that you would like to speak with a criminal defence lawyer.  You really should not say more than that.  Even small comments can be used by the Crown against you in a trial.

Make the most of your telephone call with a criminal defence lawyer.  Keep in mind that you do not only get one call as they say on television.  If you do not reach your counsel of choice, in many cases you can leave a message for a return call or select another lawyer of your choice to try to call.

During the call, the lawyer will probably not want you to talk about the nitty gritty of your case.  Instead, the criminal defence lawyer will want to explain to you how to cope with the arrest process and what to expect.  The strategy for defending against the charges will be developed after the arrest process is completed and you are either released on bail or moved to the detention centre.

While your arrest is processed, you may be placed in a holding cell.  In Ottawa, most areas of the cell blocks are video taped. In some circumstances there may be audio as well.  Your behaviour during that process will be recorded.  Accordingly, you should be calm, cool and collected.

An arrest for a criminal charge is scary and undesirable.  However, with thoughtful advice from an experienced criminal defence lawyer like Richard Auger, the disruption to your life can be minimized.

Criminal Charges Laid in Ontario Lottery Fraud Case

OTTAWA WHITE COLLAR CRIME LAWYER – Lottery fraud charges were laid against a group of relatives on September 29, in a story that made national headlines and has the Ontario Provincial Police scrambling to find the rightful lottery prize winner.

Winning an Ontario lottery through fraud, just like any other form of financial fraud, is an offence punishable under the Criminal Code of Canada.

In the case of the three suspects in this case, the criminal charges laid were very serious and included fraud over $5000, possession of money over $5000 obtained through criminal means, and money laundering. The ticket for which they claimed winnings in 2003 was worth $12.5 million, and the Ontario Provincial Police have already seized $10 million in assets from the fraud suspects.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is the crown corporation responsible for preventing Ontario lottery fraud, in keeping with the corporation’s Lottery Prize Integrity Program.

The fraud prevention rules the OLG has in place may have already begun to change following an Ontario shopkeeper’s admission (earlier this year) to scamming a customer out of lottery winnings.

Gambling online is another big change that could increase Ontario’s incidences of lottery fraud – and complicate the Ontario Provincial Police’s efforts to contain it. In an August 2010 news release, OLG announced it would introduce internet lotteries to its array of gambling options, and it will be interesting to observe how it chooses to handle online fraud cases.

When individuals or groups are suspected of lottery fraud in Ontario, it’s not the OLG that attempts to deal with them – they are charged with criminal offences and tried in criminal court.

If you are being questioned or investigated for possible involvement in an any type of fraud, it’s best to consult a criminal defence lawyer with experience handling fraud and white collar crime cases. For more information, contact the Ottawa criminal lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by phone (613) 233-4529 or by email [email protected]

Charged with Fraud in Ontario?

Being charged with fraud can be an overwhelming, life-altering experience for you and your family.

In most fraud cases, the potential consequences get more serious as the dollar values involved increases.

Evidence of the fraud can create a complicated paper or electronic trail that must be analyzed by legal experts, and often also by forensic auditors and accountants.

What is Fraud?

Simply put, fraud is a deliberate deception for unlawful gain. Often the term “white-collar crime” is used to describe fraud crimes committed by individuals, businesses and government professionals. Here are some examples:

Tax fraud
Credit Card fraud
Contractor fraud
Bank fraud
Mail fraud
Insurance fraud
Conspiracy to commit fraud
Mortagage fraud
Healthcare fraud
Business fraud
Charity fraud

Fraud charges may be more serious when the alleged fraud involves your employer or similar breaches of trust.

The criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are experienced challenging search warrants and otherwise defending serious fraud charges.

When you are facing fraud or money laundering charges, the sooner you get to an experienced lawyer, the greater the possibility you may have of a favorable outcome. Fraud charges are complex; starting early gives us a chance to examine the details.

For more information about defending your fraud charges, contact Richard Auger at [email protected] or 613 233-4529.

Ottawa lawyers oppose new white-collar crime and fraud legislation

Ottawa criminal lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth oppose the federal Conservative government’s tabling of a crime bill aimed at stiffening penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.

The bill, which is called “Standing Up for Victims of White-Collar Crime Act” and replaces Bill C-52, proposes several amendments to clauses in the criminal code as well as stiffer sentences for those found guilty of major fraud.

There are, however, flaws in the fraud bill which will have significant consequences for the legal system.

First,  if the legislation is passed, a judge’s discretion will be limited in cases dealing with white-collar crime and fraud.

Second,  the bill proposes tougher sentences for criminals charged with fraud; however, there is no  evidence to suggest that tougher sentences work to deter or reduce this type of criminal activity.

Third, the bill will limit the ability to do plea bargains. And because the incentive to plead guilty for a favourable sentence will be eliminated in cases of fraud, we can expect increases in court delays because of more trials due to the fact that fewer deals will be made.

Ultimately, it is not clear that the new piece of fraud legislation will have a positive impact or not.

Ottawa Lawyers – For a teenager charged with an offence, legal representation is important

If you are in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario or elsewhere in Canada, you should beware that people often think, incorrectly, that criminal findings of guilt before adulthood have no impact once a person becomes an adult. A young person’s record does not cease to exist just because they turn 18, and if they re-offend before the “non-disclosure period” has passed, their record can be used in court.

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