Is it A Crime to be a Fortune Teller?

April 7, 2021

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).

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