Toronto Criminal And Civil Law Blog

Employment Insurance (EI) Fraud: What You Need To Know

Throughout the course of your working life, you may find yourself relying on Employment Insurance (EI) once or twice. Whether it’s following the birth or adoption of a child or as the result of unemployment, having temporary financial assistance can be a big help.

So what happens if you find yourself under investigation for fraud while receiving EI? Given the serious implications, it’s important to understand what is involved.

Fighting accusations of tax evasion

Like many in Ontario, you work hard for your money. You obtained an education, received the proper training for your position and do whatever is necessary to stay on top of the changes and developments in your industry. You understand your obligations to others, including the government of Canada, but you are careful of how you distribute your wealth.

Perhaps this is why you are in the crosshairs of the Canada Revenue Agency. This government agency investigates and pursues those who violate tax laws through fraud, tax evasion and other offences. If you are under investigation for tax evasion, you have a lot at stake, and you would do well to understand the process and potential consequences of such an inquiry.

Due diligence is needed before bringing a gun into Canada

Most visitors to Canada are likely ready to face the inspection process at the border, knowing about the restrictions for food and alcohol taken into the country. However, not everybody is aware of the zero-tolerance policy for bringing firearms into Canada. In many instances, visitors from places that allow people to carry concealed weapons may be caught unaware.

If you are a Canadian visitor, and you forget about the handgun you have with you, the consequences can be severe. Although officers at the border can exercise discretion, they could order the destruction of your weapon, issue a fine, and you might even face jail time. Learning about the requirements and restrictions for transporting firearms into Canada might help you to avoid these harsh repercussions.

The differences between civil and criminal cases

Whether you face a civil lawsuit or criminal charges, you may be unfamiliar with the ensuing legal procedures. Civil lawsuits result from disagreements or injuries and damage caused by one party's alleged negligence, resulting in the plaintiff suing the defendant. On the other hand, criminal cases involve accusations of violations of public-law statutes.

Civil and criminal processes differ significantly. Criminal proceedings start with an arrest, and police must protect your rights -- one of which is to consult with a lawyer. You will then be in custody in a detention centre until a hearing in which the justice of the peace will order your release on bail, or you will remain in custody. A trial must follow within a reasonable time.

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