Category: General Dishonesty

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 ...

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 ...

Bogus Books Delivered to Sydney Mosques Defame Uyghur Leader


Two weeks ago, boxes containing hundreds of copies of a book defaming the character of exiled Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer were mysteriously dropped off out the front of several Sydney mosques. The incident seems to be an attempt to discredit the renowned activist’s reputation amongst her local supporters – most Uyghurs being Muslims. A total ...

Law Graduate Guilty of Pretending to be a Lawyer


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A Queensland law graduate has been found guilty of engaging in legal practice without being entitled to do so after a Brisbane court heard he advised clients during police interviews, failed to correct police officers who referred to him as a solicitor, signed as a solicitor and helped an ...

The Profile of a Shoplifter


There has been a great deal of media attention on the recent rise in supermarket shoplifting, with this form of larceny being made easier by the advent of self-serve checkouts. ANU criminologist Emmeline Taylor says anonymous surveys suggest that up to one-third of shoppers knowingly manipulated self-serve checkouts. But omitted from the discussion is the ...

Sex By Deception – Is Lying To Get Sex Considered A Crime In NSW?


Let’s say a man pretends to be very independent, wealthy and successful in order to seduce a woman into bed – should he be guilty of an offence if he is really unemployed and lives with his mum? Or how about a sexually promiscuous woman who claims to be a virgin? While these examples may ...

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 ...

Craig Thomson found ‘Not Guilty’ of 49 Fraud Charges


Many would be aware of the highly publicised controversy surrounding disgraced former Federal MP and Health Services Union secretary, Craig Thomson. 50 year-old Thomson is alleged to have committed numerous acts of fraud, after a Health Services Union secretary identified accounting irregularities back in 2008. Following an audit, it was alleged that Mr Thomson had ...

Body Cams a Win for the Police and the Public


NSW Police officers are to be equipped with “body cams”, lightweight video cameras that are clipped to officers’ uniforms when they are dealing with the public. This new initiative was announced recently by the NSW Government, and is expected to roll out over the next two years at a cost of approximately $4 million. The lightweight video ...