Category: Intention to Deceive

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 ...

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 ...

Jury Finds that ‘Respect the Flag’ Group are a Criminal Gang


It’s an unfortunate day when a child’s birthday party ends in adults on the street with weapons drawn. In one such party in Douglasville, Georgia, which was attended predominantly by African-American people, the celebrations were interrupted when a group called ‘Respect the Flag’ drove down the street in trucks waving Confederate flags and yelling. 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 ...