A client of our firm was charged with fraud under Section 380 (1) CCC. In May 2011, our client had rented out a room in her apartment to a student for the month of August 2011. The student had paid a deposit of $850 to rent the room. In the month of June, our client experienced a serious event in her life, which forced her to move.
She experienced post-traumatic shock and didn’t recall renting a room to the complainant, since she had to seek therapy for psychological treatment. In August, the tenant was unable to access the place she had rented since our client had vacated the apartment. Our client hadn’t yet reimbursed the complainant. In September, she was charged with fraud of under $5000.
During the trial, the complainant didn’t appear, and we objected to the prosecution’s request for postponement on the grounds that the trial had already been postponed by the prosecution. The judge accepted our objection and the prosecution was forced to declare that they had no evidence to offer our client, and she was acquitted.