Being paid to fraudulently tell fortunes is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.
The maximum sentence for this offence is a $5,000 fine or 6 months in jail or both a $5,000 fine and 6 months in jail.
- There is no minimum sentence for this offence.
Section 365(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada deals with the issue of fortune telling and states,
365. – Every one who fraudulently
(b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes,
is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
In order to be found guilty of fortune telling, the Crown Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused person undertook to tell fortunes for payment and did so under false pretences (with intent to deceive).