Category: Obtaining a Financial Advantage by Deception

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 ...

Pair Accused of Stealing Dying Woman’s Handbag


Police on the Central Coast of NSW have described the alleged act of stealing a handbag from a critically wounded woman as she lay trapped in a car crash as ‘disgusting’. Jason Hall and Silvia Schreuder have appeared at Gosford Local Court charged with offences relating to theft and using stolen credit cards. Police allege ...

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 ...

Judge Refers to Defendant as ‘Mr Guilty’


‘Freudian slips’ happen to all of us from time to time. Unfortunately, judges are also prone to slip-ups – even when giving crucial instructions to jurors when a defendant’s future is on the line. Indeed, there are several instances of judges accidently asking “How do you plead, Mr. Guilty”, or telling jurors to retire to ...

Belle Gibson – Why hasn’t she been charged?


Last Sunday night, viewers from around Australia watched reporter Tara Brown interviewing Belle Gibson on Channel Nine’s 60 minutes program. Belle Gibson, whose real name is Annabelle Natalie Gibson, created an online persona whereby she portrayed herself as a survivor of several diseases. Indeed, she built a highly profitable career from her claims to have ...

Penalties for Fraud and Deception Offences: Recent Case Studies


Deception offences cover a broad range of criminal offences that can be committed against the Commonwealth or against individuals. Penalties for deception offences can vary considerably, depending on a number of different factors. Deception and fraud are two offences that have been on the increase in recent years in NSW, despite the falling rate of ...

Wealthy Australians Could Face Tax Evasion Penalties


A number of well-off Australians could face tax evasion penalties in the near future as the ATO has pledged to crack down on wealthy tax dodgers. The ATO is threatening heavy penalties to those who are found to owe substantial amounts in unpaid taxes, including imprisonment. With the ATO estimating that it is owed more ...

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 ...

Police frustrated by ‘tap and go’ credit cards


Contactless payment systems are available at an increasing number of retailers, and make shopping faster and easier. ‘Tap and go’ credit and debit card systems are becoming incredibly popular in Australia, accounting for almost half of all face-to-face card transactions. But from the perspective of the police, they open up another loophole for unscrupulous people ...