Category: Centrelink Offences

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Will Centrelink Prosecute If I Make a Genuine Mistake?


If you have been overpaid by Centrelink, you could find yourself facing an investigation and possibly criminal charges for fraud. The exact nature of the charges and the likely penalty will depend on the circumstances and the amount of money in question. Unlike many criminal offences which are prosecuted by the police or the state …
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Common Centrelink Fraud Penalties


If Centrelink has overpaid you as a result of a deliberate attempt to obtain payments you weren’t entitled to, you could find yourself facing fraud charges. Offences against federal government organisations such as Centrelink are treated as Commonwealth offences, and are dealt with by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The penalties for fraud against …
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Will I Face Criminal Charges if I Have an Overpayment from Centrelink?


If you have received an overpayment from Centrelink, or any other government organisation, you may be charged with a criminal offence, depending on the circumstances. Offences involving Centrelink are classified as Commonwealth Offences, which means that they are dealt with under the Criminal Code Act. What is a Centrelink overpayment? A Centrelink overpayment can happen …
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What Should I do if I’m facing A Centrelink Overpayment Prosecution?


Over payment of Centrelink benefits can lead to serious criminal charges, particularly if it is believed that you deliberately withheld information or misled Centrelink for the purposes of receiving benefits that you weren’t entitled to. The process for Centrelink overpayment prosecutions is lengthy and involved, and getting the advice of a criminal defence lawyer who …