Fraud contrary to Sections 380(1)(b), 462.31(1)(a), and 354(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada
BACKGROUND: After several trips to Walmart where she returned and purchased various items, my client Chantal was arrested for fraud. It was alleged that she attempted to return store merchandise without first purchasing it and received a refund in gift cards. A loss prevention officer reported that he performed an investigation and after observing Chantal’s conduct, he placed her under arrest.
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GOALS: Chantal is a professional with a family and needed to avoid a criminal record and severe penalties.
STRATEGY and RESULTS: I sought to have Chantal enter into a diversion program and avoid criminal prosecution. I worked to have her enter a theft prevention course and make restitution. Ultimately, the Crown agreed to drop all of the criminal charges and the case was concluded with Chantal maintaining a clean record.