Theft / Fraud / Property Offences

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fraud LAWYER | CALGARY

DEFENDING fraud CASES FOR OVER SIXTEEN YEARS


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Calgary criminal lawyer | David Chow.

David Chow started defending persons charged with theft, fraud, possession of stolen property and other property offences as a Law Student in 1999.  He won his first trial in a shoplifting case in 2000.  He then switched from defending property cases to prosecuting them when he joined the the Office of the Attorney General of Alberta in 2002.  In 2005 he embarked on a his career as a full-time criminal defence lawyer and has been defending cases ever since.

A theft essentially constitutes stealing another person’s belongings. Fraud occurs whenever actions are intentionally taken to place the target’s financial interests at risk. The concept of a property is far reaching; it includes theft, fraud, possession of stolen property, mischief, break and enter, home invasion, arson and a plethora of other crimes.  To prove possession of stolen property, the Crown must demonstrate knowledge, consent or control. 


The sentencing regime for property offences is vast.  On one end of the spectrum, low-level incidents of theft may result non-criminal type of consequences, while crimes violating the “trust” of an aggrieved party could result in substantial jail sentences. For instance, a trust theft usually entails stealing from an employer. Since employers place trust in employees and are vulnerable to them, many incidents of trust theft or trust fraud result in actual custodial sentences. Of course, the quantum of loss sustained by the aggrieved party is an important consideration.

David Chow defends theft, fraud and possession of stolen property throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. He regularly appears in Airdrie, Cochrane and Lethbridge. Call 403.452.8018 for a free telephone consultation.

Recent Case Results

R. v. S.A.S.

R. v. S.A.S.

(Alta. P. C. - Fraud Over $5000). This accused person, with no prior criminal record, was charged with fraud over $5000. This case was especially troublesome because it involved allegations made by family members with animus. As many Calgary criminal lawyers understand: where the complainant has an axe-to-grind, the criminal charge may lack both credibility and reliability. ...
R. v. T.T.T.

R. v. T.T.T.

(Calgary, P. C. - Theft Under). Unless the evidence discloses a "trust relationship", theft under $5000 is often considered to be a less serious offence. In many cases, the evidence supports theft by a kind of practical necessity; such as one where the accused steals because he or she is hungry or needs clothing for their children. ...
R. v. L.N.N.

R. v. L.N.N.

(Calgary, P. C. - Theft Under).  LNN was charged with theft under $5000 (shoplifting). Shoplifting is usually one of the simplest cases handled by criminal defence lawyers. Generally, the alleged shoplifter has no criminal record and the value of goods alleged stolen or alleged attempted stolen is quite low. ...
R. v. D.T.D.

R. v. D.T.D.

(Calgary, P. C. - Fraud/Obstruction).   This accused was charged with fraud and obstructing police by giving a false name. The accused had no criminal record and had unfortunately accumulating some administrative charges post these allegations. ...
R. v. S.B.S.

R. v. S.B.S.

(Lethbridge, P. C. ). David Chow is a full spectrum  Lethbridge criminal lawyer who handles all cases involving Canada Border Services investigations. In this case, the accused was alleged to have been in possession of stolen property, including sensitive data from the United States of America. The accused was the subject of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alert. ...
R. v. A.D.

R. v. A.D.

(Calgary, P. C. ). AD was charged with various fraud offences, including fraud over $5000, fraud under $5000, possession of fraudulent identification documents and impersonation. The incidents alleged opening a fake bank account, accessing accounts and transferring money. The accused was in serious jeopardy. She had no prior criminal record. ...
R. v. A.R.D.

R. v. A.R.D.

(Calgary, P. C. ).   ARD was charged with fraud under $5000. ...
R. v. S.M.

R. v. S.M.

(Calgary, P. C. ). Calgary defence lawyer, David Chow, successfully defended his client for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Stolen cars are attracting serious penalties from the criminal courts. The police are even using teaser vehicles to try and attract potential car thieves.    For a free consultation  with a Calgary theft lawyer call 403. 452. 8018. ...
R. v. M.S.

R. v. M.S.

(Calgary, Q. B. ) Client was charged with a trust fraud. The case resolved by agreement to a conditional sentence due to a Charter Notice alleging unreasonable delay in the proceedings. "Trust fraud" and other property offences involving a breach of trust are serious because the victim -- usually an employer -- is vulnerable to the accused. ...