Client is charged with fraud over $5,000 and theft over $5,000 relating to fraudulently obtaining highly valuable services for himself and others without paying. Crown has significant documentary evidence linking obtaining these services to the client. Crown alleges losses of well over $100,000 to the victim company and initially seeks two years jail. Initial struggle is between Crown’s alleged loss and the defence’s repeated requests to show the proven amount of loss of business to the company. Judge orders disclosure of this key evidence. Eventually, Crown revises losses as being one-third of initial claim. Extensive case research, contextual factors, and mitigating factors are uncovered. Crown accepts a plea to an alternate fraud-like offence. After extensive sentencing submissions which go past a full day, judge ultimately decides not to enter a conviction against client. CONDITIONAL DISCHARGE and NO CRIMINAL RECORD.

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