Category: Fraud Charges

NSW Lawyer Steals Over $300,000 From Clients


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Another NSW lawyer has been struck off the roll of legal practitioners. Although, it’s not a common occurrence, there are lawyers who breach their professional obligations and commit serious offences against their very own clients. And when it does happen, the consequences can be dire. Ms Tereze Dzitars recently ...

Beware of Callers Claiming to be from Government Agencies


Mumbai police arrested the head of a major multi-million dollar fraud operation run out of a network of Indian call centres last Saturday. The scam involved call centre operators ringing individuals in Australia, as well as in the US and the UK, and pretending to be from the office of taxation. Unsuspecting Australian victims were told they ...

NSW Crimes Rates are the Lowest in 40 Years


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Crime rates across NSW have dropped to their lowest in 40 years. The latest annual report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has found that most major categories of crime have fallen or remained steady over the 24 months to December 2016. Specific Crime Rate ...

Woman Sent to Prison after Spending Unexpected Windfall


Brisbane woman Wendy Baulch has been sentenced to three months in prison followed by a fifteen month suspended sentence, after spending money which was deposited into her bank account by mistake. The fifty-four year old mother-of-four pleaded guilty to one count of fraud, after spending $60,000 “on items of indulgence” including a 36-day cruise from ...

Belle Gibson Guilty, But Not Deterred


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The federal court delivered its judgment on disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson this week, finding she broke the law in “most but not all” of the allegations brought against her. In handing down the decision, Justice Mortimer found that Ms Gibson deliberately deceived and misled the Australian public, but that ...

Tsunami of Legal Problems for Former Surfwear Boss


Ex-Billabong Chief Matthew Perrin has started his eight-year sentence at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre after being convicted of fraud, but his legal problems are far from over. The one-time high corporate high-flyer from the Gold Coast accumulated a $150 million fortune after controversially selling half of his Billabong shares while he was the chief executive ...

Credit Card Thief Finds Loophole


A young man who allegedly stole credit cards in early December has found a way of getting around the problem of having to quickly buy goods before the stolen credit cards are cancelled – he just used the credit cards to buy gift cards. After breaking into a car and stealing credit cards, the hooded ...

Lawyer Sent to Prison for Defrauding Clients of $1.8 Million


We previously reported on the case of Russell Biddle, a Gold Coast lawyer accused of stealing over $1 million of client funds after his firm was entrusted to manage a wealthy couple’s estate. Mr Biddle was alleged to have made at least three separate transfers from the estate into an unidentified personal Suncorp bank account. ...

Empowering Women Inmates: An Interview with WIPAN President Kat Armstrong


More women in Australia are being incarcerated than ever before. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures suggest that since 2005, the incarceration rate for women has risen by close to 40 percent, compared with 18 percent for men. Women account for around 8 percent of the total Australian prison population. As of June 30 last year, there were ...

Sydney Lawyer ‘Struck Off’ for Stealing Client’s Money


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Another NSW lawyer has been struck off for engaging in professional misconduct. This time it was Mr Thai Le Huu Nguyen. The Civil and Administrative Tribunal found him guilty on November 18 this year, for conduct it deemed to be “disgraceful and dishonourable.” It was outlined during the hearing ...