Theft, Fraud, Forgery, and Property Related Offences 2016

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 Karpa that the charges should be withdrawn outright. The charges were withdrawn.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. J.H., 2016

The client was charged with shoplifting (theft under $5000.00). Ms. Karpa was successful in having the charge against the client withdrawn so that the client would not have a criminal record.

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. D.S., 2016

The client was charged with break and enter and mischief (damage to property). This was a serious criminal matter as the potential punishment the client was facing was jail. Despite that, Ms. Karpa was successful in having all of the charges against the client withdrawn. No criminal record. No conviction.

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. M.G., 2016

The client was charged with shoplifting (theft under $5000.00). Ms. Karpa was able to have the charge against the client withdrawn, despite the crown initially not agreeing to do so.

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. M.Y., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000.00 (shoplifting). Ms. Karpa had the charge against the client withdrawn.

R. v. R.K., 2016

The client was charged with multiple counts of possession of stolen property, break and enter, mischief and drug related offences. The crown sought actual jail time but Ms. Karpa argued before the judge that the client should be allowed to be sentenced to a community based sentence so that the client could seek counselling for a drug addiction. Ms. Karpa was successful in her application.

R. v. N.K., 2016

The client was charged with shoplifting (theft under $5000.00). Ms. Karpa had the charge against her client withdrawn.

R. v. P.P., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000.00. The charge against the client was withdrawn by the crown.

R. v. S.T., 2016

The client was charged with theft from a customer. This was a serious matter and the crown initially sought jail. Ms. Karpa was able to persuade the crown to consider Alternative Measures based upon issues with the crown’s case. Ultimately the client finished the Alternative Measures and the charges against the client were 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. K.D., 2016

The client was charged with theft of a motor vehicle contrary to section 333.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada. The matter involved a serious accident after the vehicle was stolen. Ms. Karpa argued for a conditional discharge, and it was granted by the court. No conviction entered.

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. S.N., 2016

he client was charged with theft under $500.00 and failure to appear in court. The charges were withdrawn. No record. No conviction.

R. v. M.O., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000.00 (shoplifting). The matter was withdrawn for successful completion of Alternative Measures.

R. v. M.Q., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000.00 and failing to appear at court. The matter involved a domestic dispute wherein the complainant alleged the theft of a telephone. Initially the crown would not agree to the referral to Alternative Measures, but Ms, Karpa convinced them to do so. Ms. Karpa secured the withdrawal of the charges after the matter was referred to Alternative Measures.

R. v. D.B., 2016

The client was charged with theft of a motor vehicle. The matter was very serious, as the allegation would have meant that the client would have faced the termination of his employment if convicted. Initially the crown was not willing to refer the matter to Alternative Measures. However, with the work that Ms. Karpa did, the crown agreed to refer the matter. After successfully completing the program, the charge against the client was withdrawn. No criminal conviction/no criminal record. The client maintained his employment.

R. v. R.G., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000.00 for shoplifting from a local grocery store. The client was referred to the Alternative Measures Program. Upon successful completion, Ms. Karpa had the charge withdrawn. No criminal record/no criminal conviction.

R. v. J.M., 2016

The client was charged with multiple possession of stolen property offences, in addition to trafficking in property obtained by crime, possession of a weapon, obstruction of a police officer and multiple failures to appear/breaches of release. The crown sought significant jail time given the client’s related record. Ms. Karpa successfully argued for time served.

R. v. K.M., 2016

The client was charged with arson. The situation involved an allegation that but for the evidence provided by the client, the police would not have discovered the culprit. There were serious issues involving the client’s mental health. With a lot of perseverance and hard work, Ms. Karpa was able to have the matter referred to Alternative Measures on the basis of the lesser included offence of mischief/damage to property. Upon successful completion of the program, the charge was withdrawn.

R. v. J.M., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000.00 (shoplifting). Ms. Karpa had the charge withdrawn. No criminal record/no criminal conviction.

R. v. J.D., 2016

The client was charged with mischief/damage to property, possession of stolen property, and possession of break and enter instruments. The crown was initially unwilling to agree to refer the matter to Alternative Measures. Ms. Karpa convinced the crown to agree to the referral. The client completed the program and all charges were withdrawn. No criminal record/no criminal conviction.

R. v. A.F., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000.00 (shoplifting). The matter was referred to the Alternative Measures Program and the charge was dropped after successful completion of the same.

R. v. J.B., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000.00 (section 334(B) of the Criminal Code of Canada) in relation to a shoplifting allegation. The charge was withdrawn.

R. v. L.F., 2016

The client was charged with break and enter, common assault, and mischief. Ms. Karpa prepared for trial. At trial, the charges were withdrawn by the crown. No criminal conviction/no criminal record.

R. v. M.C., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000.00 for shoplifting. The charge was withdrawn.

R. v. J.W., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000.00 for shoplifting. Ms. Karpa had the matter referred to Alternative Measures and the charge was withdrawn. No criminal 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.

R. v. S.H., 2016

The client was charged with theft of mail. Originally an indictable offence, Ms. Karpa was able to convince the crown to re-elect summarily after the client entered a guilty plea to an offence under a different quasi-criminal Act. The client received probation for two years and no criminal conviction.

R. v. S.Y., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000.00 (shoplifting). The matter was referred to the Alternative Measures Program and the charge was dropped after successful completion of the same. No criminal record/no conviction.

R. v. E.D., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000, failing to appear for fingerprinting, failing to attend court and being intoxicated in a public place. The client was adamant that this was a case of mistaken identity, as he never lived in Calgary, and was not in the city at the time of the offences. Ms. Karpa was successful in negotiating with the crown on that basis that the charges should be withdrawn.

R. v. M.M., 2016

The client was charged with theft under $5000.00, breaking & entering, mischief and trespassing at night. The Crown agreed to refer the matter to the Alternative Measures Program under the guise of it being a lesser included offence of unlawfully in a dwelling house, and the charge was eventually dropped after successful completion of the same.

R. v. B.C., 2016

The client was charged with mischief to property under $5000. He plead guilty to the offence and received probation due to a related record.

R. v. J.D., 2016

The client was charged with being in possession of stolen property and failing to appear. He plead not guilty and a trial date was set. Ms. Karpa was successful in having all charges withdrawn on the date of trial. No conviction/no criminal record.

R. v. G.D., 2016

The client was charged with theft of a motor vehicle. Initially the crown was unwilling to refer the matter to diversion. However, Ms. Karpa provided the crown with information which made them change their mind. The matter was referred to diversion and upon completion of the requirements, the charge was withdrawn.

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.