Theft and Fraud Charges

Theft and Fraud charges are generally split into offences that involve allegations of over $5,000.00 and under $5,000.00. The amount of alleged loss will have an impact on whether the prosecutor proceeds by Summary Conviction or Indictment and can dramatically affect the sentences that may be handed out upon conviction.

Online schemes and offences involving the use of credit card data that has been stolen or skimmed also falls under this category of charge. Identity theft has become a massive issue in the digital age and has opened up a variety of new charges that are being prosecuted under the Criminal Code often leading to lengthy jail sentences.

Case Results

R. v. N.G. [2021]
Female client worked at a bank and was discovered to have deposited cheques into her own account.  Despite money having been paid back, client lost job and was charged with Fraud over $5000.  Mr. Shapray worked with client to present full picture and background of situation leading to the offence to the prosecutor resulting in case being resolved with a CSO and no time spent in real jail.

Fraud Over $5000 - CSO imposed.

R. v. C.S. [2020]
Client charged with a robbery involving a knife and the theft of property in North Vancouver. Client's version of events was that there was no knife used and that the matter was much less serious than being alleged. Witnessed interviewed who supported version that no knife used.  Case resolved before trial with charges being dropped due to a lack of evidence available to the Crown prosecutor.

Charges Dropped!

R. v. J.C. [2019]
Client charged with significant theft of expensive watches from his employer leading to charges of Theft Over $5000 involving an allegation of "breach of trust".  Client was suffering from debilitating addiction issues at the time of the conduct.  Extensive therapy and counselling undertaken for a year leading to a psychological risk assessment being completed for the court.  Crown prosecutor seeking a lengthy jail sentence at contested sentencing hearing.  Mr. Shapray successfully argued that client's moral culpability was low and that rehabilitation should be primary sentencing factor - SUSPENDED SENTENCE granted - NO JAIL TIME.

Suspended Sentence - NO JAIL.

R. v. P.N. [2019]
Female client charged with significant theft from retail store.  Client suffering from some mental health and personal challenges at the time of the incident which was completely out of character for her.  Counselling and crime reduction program completed by client  after extensive submissions to the prosecutor regarding the impact of a finding of guilt.  Charges Dropped - No Criminal Record or Finding of Guilt.

Charges DROPPED - No Criminal Record!

R. v. K.R. [2019]
Client was charged in relation to a significant scheme to steal large pallets of liquor from the liquor distribution branch. Negotiations with prosecutor resulted in focus on limited evidence that client involved in larger operation and that his role was much more limited than others charged. Agreement to have prosecutor proceed Summarily resulting in CONDITIONAL DISCHARGES and NO CRIMINAL RECORD.


R. v. J.F. [2017]
Client was arrested at the border for not declaring an expensive watch that had been purchased while abroad. Case was sent to the CBSA investigators to determine if criminal charges would be pursued. Mr. Shapray was retained to deal with the investigators and was successful in working with them to NOT pursue criminal charges and release the watch upon payment of civil fines and duties – NO CHARGE.


R. v. N.P. [2017]
Client charged with smuggling under the Customs Act and other charges under the Explosives Act in relation to the non-declaration of illegal firecrackers when crossing the border from Washington State into British Columbia. Negotiations by Mr. Shapray led to a plea resolution where the Explosives Act charges were DROPPED and there was a plea to a single charge under the Customs Act. Contested sentencing led to the client receiving a Conditional Discharge and NO CRIMINAL RECORD.


R. v. L.O. [2017]
Client charged with fraud and possession of fake identification documents in relation to incident at a bank where he attempted to open a bank account using a fake name. Mr. Shapray made submissions to the prosecutor during the early stages of the proceedings regarding the lack of evidence to support the fraud charge which resulted in a resolution of the case focused on the false identification documents. Sentencing submissions resulted in client receiving a CONDITIONAL DISCHARGE – NO CRIMINAL RECORD.


R. v. P.F. [2016]
Mr. Shapray was retained by Client who was under investigation by police for fraud involving allegation that client had overbilled insurance company for services that were not provided. Mr. Shapray entered into negotiations directly with the insurance company resulting in settlement which led to police deciding NOT TO LAY CHARGES – CASE CLOSED.


R. v. C.P. [2015]
Client from out of Province found out about a B.C. Warrant for dated Fraud Charges against employer. Mr. Shapray was able to arrange to have the warrant dealt with in court without client having to travel back to B.C. and go into custody. Case delayed by Mr. Shapray to permit client to make restitution and sentencing hearing resulted in client receiving a Suspended Sentence and Probation – NO JAIL TIME.


R. v. D.B. [2016]
Client charged with credit card fraud in relation to allegations of gift certificate fraud at local sporting goods store. Evidence in relation to involvement of client was weak and submissions by Mr. Shapray to the prosecutor led to charges being DROPPED prior to trial with Co-accused pleading guilty.


R. v. M.O. [2014]
Client was charged with assault and theft arising out of an incident at a retail store in Kelowna. Client insisted that he was not present at the time of the alleged offence and that they had the "wrong guy". Mr. Shapray strategically approached the Crown prosecutor with proof that his client was not even in Kelowna at the time of the incident leading to the prosecutor asking police to do follow up investigation. Through fingerprint analysis, the police determined that the client was NOT THE GUY and the charges were DROPPED before trial.


R. v. H.B. [2014]
Client charges with Mischief in high profile case involving the cutting down and trimming of trees in a public park. Mr. Shapray successfully quarterbacked a protracted negotiation and resolution of the criminal and civil case. Criminal charges resolved with extensive submissions on sentencing which resulted in client being granted an ABSOLUTE DISCHARGE and thus ending up with NO CRIMINAL RECORD.


R. v. F.H. [2014]
Charges DROPPED against client charged with theft for price tag changing at local department store - Alternative Measures - NO CRIMINAL RECORD.


R. v. J.D. [2014]
Case involving multiple charges of Uttering Threats resolved through negotiation with a PEACE BOND - NO CRIMINAL RECORD.


R. v. C.P. [2014]
Charges of fraud and identity theft involving allegations of use of a stolen credit card DROPPED prior to trial after deficiencies in the prosecutor's case raised by Mr. Shapray – NO CRIMINAL RECORD.


R. v. M.R. [2013]
Client charged with fraud in relation to expenditure issues while employed for a City in the Lower Mainland. Mr. Shapray negotiated a resolution involving partial restitution of amount alleged to have been taken. Client also received Conditional Sentence from Judge after sentencing submissions.