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December 6, 2011

Legislation Standing Up For Victims of White-Collar Crime Came Into Force

On November 1, 2011, the Federal Standing Up For Victims of White Collar Crime Act came into force. The legislation amended the Criminal Code to provide tougher sentences for fraud which will help combat white-collar crime.  The legislation requires judges to consider imposing a restitution order - meaning someone who is found guilty of fraud would have to pay his or her victims back. It also permits the court to prohibit the offender from taking employment or doing volunteer work involving authority over other people's money. Courts will also be allowed to consider a Community Impact Statement made on a community’s behalf (such as a neighbourhood, a seniors’ centre or a club) describing the harm done to or losses suffered by the community.