Category: Obtaining a Financial Advantage s135.2

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Recent Financial Advantage and Fraud Offences in NSW


Fraud is a serious criminal offence and one that has been on the increase in recent times according to figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR). When it comes to fraud-related offences, the law can be confusing as there are a number of different charges – all of which apply in different ...

Committing Fraud by Obtaining a Financial Advantage


If you by deception or dishonestly obtain financial advantage from another person, or cause another person any financial disadvantage, you can be found guilty of the offence of fraud. The maximum penalty for this offence in NSW is 10 years’ imprisonment. While the maximum is reserved for the most severe of fraud offences, the court considers fraud ...