Category: Obtaining Property by Deception

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 ...

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 ...

Obtaining a Benefit by Deception


Have you been charged with obtaining a benefit by deception? The charge is used for NSW offences that are alleged to have occurred before the commencement of the general offence of ‘section 192E fraud’ on 22nd February 2010. There is also a similar Commonwealth offence of obtaining financial advantage by deception under section 134.2 of ...