The Queen vs. The Defendant

Cases tagged as Fraud

Cases in 2020

  • R. v. H.C.2020

    The client was charged with multiple charges in relation to credit and debit card thefts, fraud, unlawful possession of identification documents. The client had a related record for which he had received an 18 month sentence of incarceration. The crown agreed to a significantly reduced sentence for the over thirty criminal charges the client had. The total sentence for this second round of offences was 18 months incarceration.

Cases in 2019

  • R. v. M.H.2019

    The client was charged with possession of a forged document, fraud under $5000, possession of drugs, breaching a CSO condition, failing to comply with a probation order, and failing to attend court. He pleaded guilty to uttering a forged document and possession of drugs. The remaining charges were withdrawn. The client was in custody at the time of his guilty plea. He was given a 15 day global sentence and 18 months probation on his previous conviction.

  • R. v. M.G.2019

    The client was charged with fraud over $5000. The crown was approached to see if she would be open to resolving the matter, given that the charges were dated and it was debatable whether they would be able to prosecute the matter at trial. Further, the client was out of province and was not aware of the charges, as police never followed up after their interview with him, and instead issued a warrant for his arrest. He was never provided with the opportunity to voluntarily turn himself in. Given this, the crown was agreeable to referring the matter to the alternative measures program. The client was required to write an apology letter and provide restitution to the complainant. The charge was withdrawn upon his doing so.

  • R. v. V.M.2019

    The client was charged with multiple counts of fraud, possession of stolen property, possession of drugs, and several other fraud related charges. The client had a different lawyer representing him at first and was told that his sentence would be three years in custody. When I came on as the client's lawyer, I was able to negotiate with the crown to reduce the sentence to eighteen months upon his pleas to several charges. I saved the client a significant amount of time in custody.

  • R. v. S.U.2019

    The client was charged with possession of stolen property and possession of a stolen credit card. The allegations would have had serious ramifications for the client's employment. I was able to convince the prosecutor to refer the matter to a diversion program. Upon completion of the requirements of the program, the charges were withdrawn (dropped). The client was left without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. W.W.2019

    The client was charged on multiple files and his offences included two charges of possession of property obtained by crime under $5000.00, two charges of fraud under $5000.00, mischief to property under $5000.00, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, and two charges of failing to comply with an undertaking (release/bail). The crown was initially seeking probation for the charges. However, I negotiated a resolution whereby my client was referred for a second time to the Mental Health Diversion program. The client was accepted into the program and upon completion of the requirements, all the charges on all of the files were withdrawn.

Cases in 2018

  • R. v. J.E.2018

    The client was charged with four charges of possession of stolen property, four charges of uttering a forged document and four charges of fraud under $5000.00. I was able to negotiation a joint submission for a conditional discharge for my client, leaving her without a conviction.

  • R. v. H.C.2018

    The client was charged with multiple counts of fraud, possession of stolen property, identity theft, and other similar property and fraud related charges. The client was facing significant jail time, but I convicted the prosecutor to reduce the amount of jail time to time served, with probation to follow for some of the charges. The remaining charges were withdrawn.

  • R. v. A.B. et al.2018

    The clients were charged under the Wildlife Act with possessing wildlife, hunting wildlife without a license, using another person's license, and allowing another person to use their license. The clients were charged years after the offence. Once I received disclosure, I determined that two of the clients weren'’t even in Canada at the time of the allegation. After lengthy discussions with the crown, I had all of the charges against all clients withdrawn given the significant delays in time and given there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction.

  • R. v. Z.M.2018

    The client was charged with six counts of using a forged document and four counts of possession of stolen property. The client pleaded guilty to three counts of using a forged document and three counts of possessing stolen property. The remaining four charges were withdrawn. As a result of the guilty plea, the client was sentenced to a nine-month conditional sentence order, followed by nine months of probation. A victim fine surcharge was also imposed. This is a matter where the client was facing lengthy jail time. However, I was able to negotiate with the crown so that the client avoided jail time and could serve his sentence in the community while maintaining their employment.

  • R. v. R. v. S.V.2018

    The client was charged with possession of stolen property over $5000 (motor vehicle), using a forged document and having no insurance. The client pleaded guilty to the possession charge and the other two counts were withdrawn. The crown initially requested the judge sentence the client to a term of probation which would have left the client with a criminal conviction. I urged the crown to agree to a conditional discharge, which they eventually did. The judge agreed to the conditional discharge, and the client was spared a conviction on their record.

  • R. v. L.M.2018

    The client was charged with three counts of breaching a probation order that the client was sentenced to in relation to fraud charges. The pleaded guilty to two of the counts and the third was withdrawn. The client received a sentence of 14 days in jail given his prior related record for which the client had received a lengthier sentence than the one I was able to secure for the client.

Cases in 2017

  • R. v. M.C.2017

    The client was charged with fraud under $5000 in a trust theft situation. Ms. Karpa met with the crown and proposed resolution by way of the alternative measures program. The crown agreed given everything Ms. Karpa had done in relation to the file ahead of time. The charge was withdrawn after the program was completed.

  • R. v. D.T.2017

    The client was charged with theft over $5000 and fraud over $5000. Ms. Karpa arranged for the client to pay back the money owed and the charges against the client were withdrawn.

  • R. v. R.P.2017

    The client was charged with fraud under $5000. Ms. Karpa reviewed the file in depth, including making charts which showed that the allegations were false. Ms. Karpa spoke to the crown, who agreed with Ms. Karpa's assessment, and the charge was withdrawn. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. H.F.2017

    The client was charged with fraud over $5000, a trust theft situation. Originally the client did not qualify for Alternative Measures because of the nature of the charge. However, Ms. Karpa met with the crown and the crown ultimately agreed to refer the matter to Alternative Measures. Upon completion of the requirements, the charges were withdrawn.

Cases in 2016

  • R. v. I.C.2016

    The client was charged with fraud over $5000 and theft over $5000 from an employer. Ms. Karpa worked diligently with the client to show the crown that the allegations were unfounded, and a matter of a civil case versus a criminal case. Normally, this type of matter would garner a sentence of jail if convicted or if found guilty. The matter was withdrawn by the crown after Ms. Karpa met with them and reviewed the detailed documents prepared in support of the client'’s assertions.

  • R. v. B.S.2016

    The client was initially charged with sexual assault. Though this was originally an indictable offence, the information was re-laid and Ms. Karpa convinced the crown to re-elect summarily. At that time the client was charged with sexual assault, obtaining for consideration sexual services, and fraud under $5000. He plead guilty to fraud over $5000 and a conditional discharge was granted.

  • R. v. I.L.2016

    The client was charged with fraud in relation to depositing fraudulent checks. Ms. Karpa painstakingly reviewed the disclosure/evidence, and approached the Crown in relation to resolution of the matter. The Crown agreed with Ms. Karpa that the charges should be withdrawn outright. The charges were withdrawn. No criminal record/no conviction.

  • R. v. H.S.2016

    The client was charged with fraud against an organization that the client volunteered for. The crown initially sought a term of incarceration. Through her review of the file and working with the client, Ms. Karpa was able to convince the crown that although this was a 'trust theft'” allegation, that a conditional discharge was appropriate. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. W.A.2016

    The client was charged with fraud related offence. The client had a record for similar offences. Despite that, Ms. Karpa was successful in having the charge reduced to a lesser included offence (non-criminal) and the client received a fine.

  • R. v. P.B.2016

    The client was charged with fraud in relation to a trust situation. The client had an extensive record for similar offences. Ms. Karpa worked hard to ensure that her client did not receive a jail sentence. Client did not spend any time in jail.

  • R. v. J.D.2016

    The client was charged with a trust fraud against her employer. The client was alleged to have taken money from her employer. The crown initially was seeking jail, but Ms. Karpa was successful in securing a term of probation for the client. No jail.

  • R. v. T.G.2016

    The client was charged with fraud under $5000.00 in relation to switching price tags on an item in a store. Ms. Karpa was able to successfully argue that the charge should be withdrawn.

  • R. v. B.M.2016

    The client was charged with Provincial offences relating to the Fair Trading Act. The crown initially wanted to relay the information to include criminal charges for fraud. Ms. Karpa managed to ensure that criminal charges were not laid, and the client received a small fine for the Fair Trading Act Provincial offence. No criminal conviction.

  • R. v. A.G.2016

    The client as charged with fraud over $5000.00. A conviction would have meant the client would lose their job. Ms. Karpa secured a complete withdrawal of the charge. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. C.F.2016

    The client was charged with fraud over $5000.00 in an employment context. The client was facing jail time. Ms. Karpa prepared the matter for trial. The crown agreed to withdraw the charge just days before the trial. No criminal record/no criminal conviction.

Cases in 2015

  • R. v. R.A.2015

    The client was charged with fraud under $5000.00. The client had a related record for which she had received jail time. However, Ms. Karpa was able to have the client avoid jail, and pay a fine instead.

  • R. v. C.M.2015

    The client was charged with numerous counts of fraud and theft offences, as well as failing to appear in court, and breaches of court orders. Ms. Karpa had the breaches of court orders and the failures to appear withdrawn. No conviction and no criminal record for those offences.

  • R. v. D.D.2015

    The client was charged with offences of fraud and forgery. Calgary criminal lawyer Susan Karpa reviewed the disclosure and determined that there were serious issues with the case against the client. Specifically, there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction on the basis of evidence lacking in respect of the essential elements of the offence. Ms. Karpa had all of the charges withdrawn by the Crown. No criminal record. No conviction.

  • R. v. J.Y.2015

    The client was charged with tag switching in Calgary (fraud under $5000.00). Despite a previous related record, Ms. Karpa had the charge against the client withdrawn. No conviction.

  • R. v. D.Z.2015

    The client was charged with multiple counts of theft, fraud, possession of stolen property and other property related offences. The client had an extensive criminal record for similar offences. With an extensive review of the disclosure, and effective submissions to the Judge, Ms. Karpa secured a sentence of time served for the matters where the Crown was seeking significantly more time in custody.

  • R. v. W.P.2015

    The client was charged with serious fraud related offences and was arrested on a warrant. Ms. Karpa managed to negotiate a plea to a Provincial offence instead of Criminal Code offences, so the client avoided a criminal record No conviction/no record.

Cases in 2013

  • R. v. T.C.2013

    Client plead guilty to theft and fraud related offence. Crown was seeking additional jail time for client with previous related record. Ms. Karpa successfully argued for significantly less jail time