Fraud

R. GRAHAM ZOPPI | SUCCESSES

FRAUD SUCCESSES

R. v. P.T.

This was a highly-publicized case in which criminal lawyer Graham Zoppi’s client was accused of being at the centre of an international credit card fraud ring, facing over 300 separate fraud-related charges. The police had come upon the alleged conspiracy during a search of the client’s vehicle, which Mr. Zoppi was ultimately able to successfully argue was an unlawful search. At trial, the officer testified that his grounds for searching the vehicle were that he had discovered an open alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle, which would grand him the legal authority to search the van for more alcohol. After cross-examination of the officer by Mr. Zoppi and his co-counsel, the judge found that the officer had either fabricated or concealed evidence and determined that the search had been unlawful. Fake credit cards taken from the vehicle and further evidence found via a subsequent search of the client’s home were all excluded as evidence at the trial, and eventually all the charges were dismissed.

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Copy of the Judgment: R v. P.T.

R. v. R.P. (1)

The accused in this high-profile case was under heavy media scrutiny and had been accused of processing about $1 million in fake cheques. Toronto criminal lawyer Graham Zoppi successfully applied for his client’s charges to be stayed because of unreasonable delay in the proceedings.

R. v. R.P. (2)

This case involved the same client as the previous case, and also centred around the accusation of his processing fraudulent cheques, this time for about $60,000. Mr. Zoppi was able to convince the Crown Attorney that he was going to lose the application after filing for the charges to be dismissed on the grounds of unreasonable delay. The Crown didn’t even argue the application, but just asked that the court stay the charges because of delay.

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