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Toronto Money Laundering Defence Representation

Ontario Criminal Defence and Money Laundering Defence Lawyers

Money laundering — taking the proceeds of crime and using them in a series of transactions in order to change the character of the money — can result in serious charges and, on conviction, the potential for incarceration, fines and other criminal punishments. If you are facing accusations of money laundering, it is important to seek the advice and counsel of an experienced criminal defence lawyer.

Those charged with money laundering can also be charged with other serious criminal offences such as theft over $5,000, fraud over $5,000 and criminal organization charges. If you have been charged with any criminal offence relating to money laundering, or if you are being investigated by the police or accused of money laundering, you should seek immediate legal assistance.

With nearly 30 years of criminal law experience as a prosecutor and defence lawyer, Damien R. Frost in Toronto is dedicated to achieving favourable outcomes for his clients. The lawyers at Damien Frost & Associates LLP will work diligently on your behalf, striving to limit the damage you could incur as a result of money laundering accusations.

Lawyers Defending Money Laundering Charges

A broad range of people, ranging from shopkeepers to lawyers, have been used as “dupes” in money laundering schemes. Individuals acting on behalf of a third party or business can be unaware of the legal risks they are exposed to as a result. If you are concerned about a business relationship you have agreed to or believe there is suspicious financial activity occurring in your business or your accounts, you should seek immediate legal advice. If you believe you have been duped or taken advantage of, you should consult with a lawyer to help prove that you were unaware of any money laundering or related crimes. Contact the lawyers at Damien Frost & Associates LLP to schedule a free consultation today.

Responding to Money Laundering Investigations by Financial Institutions

Money laundering investigations can start from financial institutions, banks, and other entities monitoring large or suspicious transactions. Money laundering investigations can be commenced by third parties other than the police. It is important to ensure that you are protected if your business is being audited or investigated for suspicious transactions. There are extensive reporting requirements for lawyers, realtors, brokerages, and other organizations that act as money services businesses or handle large transactions.

An audit by the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) can attract more than just a regulatory investigation. If you are concerned that your business is under investigation or concerned that a regulatory investigation can spiral into a serious criminal prosecution, contact the lawyers at Damien Frost & Associates LLP today to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we can help.

Lawyers who understand Proceeds of Crime Investigations

If you are being investigated or accused of money laundering or possession of proceeds of crime, you need to know what to do and what not to do. Most money laundering and proceeds of crime investigations are conducted by specialized police units that have significant resources available to them.

Investigators often receive legal advice from prosecutors before laying charges, execute search warrants, obtain tax information from Revenue Canada, and can even apply for authorizations to intercept private communications such as phone calls, e-mails, and text messages. Money laundering investigators also rely on forensic accountants to trace the money or proceeds of crime as they are transferred, altered or attempts are made to sheltered the source of the unlawful funds.

If you are being investigated by a specialized proceeds of crime unit or the RCMP, you should seek immediate legal assistance. You should consult with a lawyer before your bank accounts are frozen or your property is restrained. You need to have a plan on how to respond to the investigation and ensure that you are protected. Click here to schedule a free consultation to speak to our lawyers today.

Don’t Wait Until You’ve Been Charged

Money laundering and proceeds of crime cases are often connected to organized crime and serious criminal investigations. The penalties for those convicted of money laundering are severe. The Crown can seek substantial periods of imprisonment, fines, forfeiture of any crime-related property, and even fines in lieu of forfeiture if the proceeds of crime cannot be located. This could add years to any period of imprisonment if you are found guilty of money laundering.
When the stakes are this high, you should seek immediate legal assistance if you suspect that you are under investigation or may be an unwitting participant in a money laundering scheme. If you believe your business or third parties are trying to use you or conduct unlawful business through your accounts or in your name, it is crucial to contact a lawyer who understands the complexities of money laundering prosecutions and investigations. The lawyers at Damien Frost & Associates LLP are here to help you. Click here to schedule a free consultation. 

Members of The Criminal Lawyers Association, Toronto Lawyers Association, Ontario Bar Association 
and Advocates' Society.

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"I have been very pleased working with Rebecca. She worked very efficiently, professionally and cared for every step, as we went through the process with Ontario College of Pharmacists. Initially I thought I would be going through a nightmare ,when I received my paperwork from Ontario College of Pharmacists, but Rebecca made the process seamless and the outcome was positive. Thank-you Rebecca and I would highly recommend your excellent professional service to others."
- NP

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I hired Ms Rebecca Young regarding a legal matter in October 2015. I found her and the firm to be very professional and helpful. The whole process took about one year to resolve. I followed her advice and the outcome was in my favour. I would recommend her for her professionalism, knowledge and pleasant attitude. –
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"Daniel, Thank you for your excellent work. I am pleased with the outcome. I didn’t feel ‘prosecuted’ and I believe that is due to your excellent advocacy skills and rapport with the Court."
- AF

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"I was accused by my former employer of interfering and damaging their computer systems. I was charged under the Criminal Code for mischief, unauthorized access and destruction of data, which was a very scary, stressful, and upsetting experience. I thought that my world was over and all the hard work I had done in my life was coming to an end. Mr. Frost’s initial consultation (which was no obligation and free of charge) helped a lot to calm my nerves and comfort me and my family in trying times. His team was very understanding, sympathetic, concerned and supporting, she always took my frantic phone calls with calmness and assurance and helped me understand the progress of my case clearly. At every step, I received sound professional advice. At the end of the case, the charges were dropped. As a result, I do not have a criminal record, my reputation is intact, and my current job is still secure. Words cannot truly express my gratitude for having such amazing lawyers. From explaining the terminology used in court, to sitting with me outside the court room when I couldn’t hold back my tears, they stood by my side. Thank you for exceeding my expectations, and then some."
– JS

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"We were very pleased with Mr. Frost’s representation. He provided us with the best possible legal representation. He was dedicated to obtaining a tremendous resolution in what was complex litigation while being always mindful that we required a cost-effective solution."
– BB

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"I was charged along with nine other physicians with fraud against OHIP. I was also the subject of a complaint before the College of Physicians and Surgeons arising from the same allegations. I was assigned counsel by the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). On the advice of a friend who was a Crown Counsel I insisted that I be allowed to retain Mr. Frost. I am very pleased that I was allowed to do so. Mr. Frost (together with Ms. Samantha Peeris) provided me with first class representation. He convinced the Crown to drop the charges against me. His office always kept me informed in a timely fashion of any developments. He clearly understood the impact of these allegations on my professional reputation. Mr. Frost always maintained a very low profile. Mr. Frost went on to represent me before the College of Physicians and Surgeons ensuring that no disciplinary was taken. I continue to practice medicine in my area of expertise." –
Dr. C

I was Relieved with his Representation

"I am a healthcare provider with a practice in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario. I was represented by Mr. Frost before my professional licensing College with respect to a complaint by an insurance company. I was quite concerned that the complaint could affect my professional standing and reputation. Mr. Frost understood what needed to be done. He also understood the impact the complaint was having on me personally. He acted quickly. He was able to convince the College to take no further action. I was relieved that his representation was very low profile and my professional reputation was not undermined with the public or the College. As a result of his representation my status with that particular insurer was regularized."
– CC

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