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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Psychics and Fortune Tellers: Supernatural or Super-Illegal?


A Google search of the word ‘psychic’ reveals a never ending list of businesses offering their supernatural services for a fee. From telephone psychics who charge by the minute through to expensive personalised face-to-face services costing hundreds of dollars per session. Services range from tarot card readings through to purported communications with those who have ...

Daniel Morcombe’s Killer’s Lawyer Suspected of Fraud


Until recently, criminal defence lawyer Tim Meehan enjoyed a glowing profile on his firm’s website. Now, his name has been removed from both the website and the Queensland Law Society’s online directory of lawyers. It has been reported that Mr Meehan and his clerk, 24-year old Xanthe Larcombe-Weate, are accused of defrauding the law firm ...

Politician Imprisoned for Fraud


Former Victorian Liberal State Director Damien Mantach has been imprisoned for almost three years for stealing over $1.5 million from his party. The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to 15 counts of ‘dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage’ after creating false invoices which were paid into his own account from party funds.. Mantach’s fraudulent conduct spanned from June ...

Bank Error in Your Favour: Go to Jail or Collect $4.6 Million?


In the game of Monopoly, one of the Community Chest cards says: “Bank Error in Your Favour, Collect $200.” But, unfortunately, life is not always like Monopoly, as Sydney woman Christine Lee found out this week when she was arrested for allegedly spending $4.6 million credited to her by Westpac, in error. The Story So ...

Is your online Christmas shopping secure?


NSW Police are warning Australians to be more aware about their online security after four men were arrested in identity fraud raids late last week. The men, aged between 33 and 50, were arrested by the Identity Security Strike Team (ISST) in early morning raids targeting six Sydney homes as part of Operation Drax, which ...