Section 192F Crimes Act | Intention to Defraud by Destroying Accounts


There are a variety of offences under the Crimes Act which impose penalties for fraudulent conduct.

One of these is “intention to defraud by destroying or concealing accounting records.”

The law states that you can be found guilty of a criminal offence where you destroy, alter or conceal an accounting record in order to obtain property that belongs to another person, or to gain a financial advantage.

You may also be charged with this offence where you intend to cause another person a financial disadvantage through your actions.

The maximum penalty for this offence is 5 years imprisonment.

While this is evidently a lengthy penalty, it is the absolute maximum and will only apply in the most serious cases.

Our criminal law specialists have considerable experience fighting and winning complex fraud matters and have the knowledge and skills necessary to best advise you of your options.

The Legislation

Section 192F of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of “intention to defraud by destroying accounts” and reads as follows:

192F Intention to defraud by destroying or concealing accounting records

(1) A person who dishonestly destroys or conceals any accounting record with the intention of:

(a) obtaining property belonging to another, or

(b) obtaining a financial advantage or causing a financial disadvantage,

is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 5 years.

(2) In this section, “destroy” includes obliterate.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Being charged with a fraud offence is often a daunting and stressful experience; however, you can take the first steps towards a positive future with Sydney’s criminal law experts on your side.

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, we are passionate about defending our clients’ rights and interests.

The dedication and hard work of our expert defence team in even the most difficult fraud cases is reflected in our excellent results, which are vastly superior than those obtained by any other law firm.

Our lawyers will carefully examine all the evidence in every case in order to identify problems with the prosecution case, which, if raised early on, will result in the charges being dropped.

Where the prosecution refuses to drop the charges, our fearless advocates will give you the best possible representation in court by effectively examining all witnesses and raising all favourable evidence in order to cast doubt on the prosecution case.

Our lawyers can also assist in preparing compelling sentencing submissions where you simply wish to plead guilty.

By focussing on positive factors such as your prior good character, our lawyers will ensure that you receive the most lenient outcome possible in the circumstances.

We can also assist you in obtaining any supporting documentation or material such as character references or medical certificates in order to bolster your case and maximise your chances of receiving a lenient penalty.

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