Extending fraud specialization from police to prosecutors is one way to address the roughly half of fraud charges Crown lawyers end up dropping in Ontario, according to the president of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform.
Outside of bolstering and fixing enforcement systems, many of the fraud experts CBC Toronto spoke to put just as much or more emphasis on changing the way society thinks about victims through public awareness.
Aline Vlasceanu would like to see that kind of support expanded so fraud victims have access to the same services as other victims of crime.
“The psychological impact, the social impact, the financial impact, the emotional toll that it takes on victims is just as big as if it were a violent crime,” said Vlasceanu, executive director of Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime.
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