Theft from an employer, or employee theft, is a serious allegation that often results in imprisonment if convicted. Employees are considered to be in a position of trust towards their employer, and as such, violating this trust is viewed as far more serious than stealing from a third party (such as shoplifting, etc.).

The most common charges under a theft offence:

  • Theft under $5000 – Criminal Code section 322, 334(b)
  • Theft over $5000 – Criminal Code section 322,334(a)
  • Possession of stolen property under $5000 – Criminal Code section 354, 355(b)
  • Possession of stolen property over $5000 – Criminal Code section 354, 355(a)
  • Fraud under $5000 – Criminal code section 380 (1)(b)
  • Fraud over $5000 – Criminal code section 380 (1)(a)

The Penalties

  • Criminal record
  • Jail time of up to 10 years (Over $5000); Jail time of up to 2 years (Under $5000)
  • Probation
  • Fine of up to $5000

Common Questions

They have charged me with stealing from my company. What should I do?

Alberta’s Court of Appeal has said that a theft from an employer is a ‘breach of trust’ and should result in a jail sentence. However, these cases are often difficult for the Police and Prosecutors to prove. It is imperative to know your options before you proceed.