Category: Centrelink Fraud

Centrelink to Amend its Flawed Debt Recovery Process


When Centrelink tweeted the Lifeline suicide helpline number in December, many began to realise the magnitude of the problems with the agency’s debt recovery initiative. Social media posts painted a concerning picture of an understaffed, under-resourced agency that could not cope with the pressure of its campaign to quickly recover alleged debts. At least 70,000 ...

Cases That Fall Under the Legal Definition of Fraud in NSW


Fraud offences are on the increase, according to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR). Figures from July this year show that the crime rate for fraud has been steadily increasing over the previous two years, at a rate of around 20.7%. This is higher than just about any other offence, making fraud ...

Recent Centrelink Fraud Cases


Fraudulently obtaining payments through Centrelink is a Commonwealth offence and can come with serious penalties. Like most other Commonwealth offences, all Centrelink fraud cases in Australia are prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP). Centrelink fraud can cover a range of different activities. Here are some examples of real-life Centrelink fraud cases that ...

Can I Change Paying My Centrelink Debt to Community Service?


If you have been overpaid by Centrelink you will have a debt raised against you. Even if you have done nothing wrong, or the overpayment was a result of a genuine mistake on your part, you will still be required to pay back the outstanding amount. Unfortunately, in many cases, this can cause considerable financial ...

How do Penalties for White Collar Crime and Social Security Fraud Compare?


White collar crime is a type of fraud which is usually committed against corporations or organisations. Generally, white collar crime is committed by employees of these organisations. Although there are a number of penalties that you can receive if you are convicted of this type of crime, they are generally not as severe as if ...

Opal Card Data Accessible by Police Without a Warrant


There’s no doubt that public transport smartcards are convenient for commuters who take public transport regularly, saving them money and time queuing for tickets. But along with the convenience comes a hidden cost, with recent reports revealing that data from travel cards like the NSW Opal card is being used by police and other government ...

Will Centrelink Prosecute If I Make a Genuine Mistake?


If you have been overpaid by Centrelink, you could find yourself facing an investigation and possibly criminal charges for fraud. The exact nature of the charges and the likely penalty will depend on the circumstances and the amount of money in question. Unlike many criminal offences which are prosecuted by the police or the state ...

Common Centrelink Fraud Penalties


If Centrelink has overpaid you as a result of a deliberate attempt to obtain payments you weren’t entitled to, you could find yourself facing fraud charges. Offences against federal government organisations such as Centrelink are treated as Commonwealth offences, and are dealt with by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The penalties for fraud against ...

Will I Face Criminal Charges if I Have an Overpayment from Centrelink?


If you have received an overpayment from Centrelink, or any other government organisation, you may be charged with a criminal offence, depending on the circumstances. Offences involving Centrelink are classified as Commonwealth Offences, which means that they are dealt with under the Criminal Code Act. What is a Centrelink overpayment? A Centrelink overpayment can happen ...

What Should I do if I’m facing A Centrelink Overpayment Prosecution?


Over payment of Centrelink benefits can lead to serious criminal charges, particularly if it is believed that you deliberately withheld information or misled Centrelink for the purposes of receiving benefits that you weren’t entitled to. The process for Centrelink overpayment prosecutions is lengthy and involved, and getting the advice of a criminal defence lawyer who ...