Category: Fraud Charges

“Pure Greed”: Criminal Lawyer Imprisoned for Fraud


Queensland criminal defence lawyer Tim Meehan has been sentenced to five and a half years behind bars for fraud. Mr Meehan, formerly a partner at Bosscher Lawyers, pleaded guilty last year to one count of aggravated fraud and eight counts of falsifying records. The offences related to a scheme whereby Meehan asked 19 clients to ...

“Face of Greed” Stands Trial in the US


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The fraud conviction of price-gauging pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli (pictured) has raised concerns that he may not have received a fair trial from an impartial jury, after hundreds of potential jurors were dismissed for perceived bias during the selection process. Unlike in Australia, parties in the United States are ...

The Social Media Platform Causing the Most Harm to Kids


Do you know what your kids are up to online these school holidays? We know the stories: the horrendous accounts of relentless bullying which result in young people suffering trauma, or engaging in self-harm, or worse. Indeed, more and more children are presenting to psychologists with a phenomenon known as ‘social media anxiety’. Technology is ...

Five Arrested in $30 Million Investment Scam


Five people have been arrested over yet another investment scam, with police alleging the defendants defrauded more than $30 million over three years from unsuspecting Australians. The investment fraud syndicate allegedly worked on a cold calling system between 2012 and 2015, ripping off around 2000 Australians. The arrests are the culmination of a two-year long ...

NSW Lawyer Steals Over $300,000 From Clients


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Another NSW lawyer has been struck off the roll of legal practitioners. Although, it’s not a common occurrence, there are lawyers who breach their professional obligations and commit serious offences against their very own clients. And when it does happen, the consequences can be dire. Ms Tereze Dzitars recently found ...

Beware of Callers Claiming to be from Government Agencies


Mumbai police arrested the head of a major multi-million dollar fraud operation run out of a network of Indian call centres last Saturday. The scam involved call centre operators ringing individuals in Australia, as well as in the US and the UK, and pretending to be from the office of taxation. Unsuspecting Australian victims were told they ...

NSW Crimes Rates are the Lowest in 40 Years


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Crime rates across NSW have dropped to their lowest in 40 years. The latest annual report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has found that most major categories of crime have fallen or remained steady over the 24 months to December 2016. Specific Crime Rate ...

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 ...

Belle Gibson Guilty, But Not Deterred


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The federal court delivered its judgment on disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson this week, finding she broke the law in “most but not all” of the allegations brought against her. In handing down the decision, Justice Mortimer found that Ms Gibson deliberately deceived and misled the Australian public, but that ...

Tsunami of Legal Problems for Former Surfwear Boss


Ex-Billabong Chief Matthew Perrin has started his eight-year sentence at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre after being convicted of fraud, but his legal problems are far from over. The one-time high corporate high-flyer from the Gold Coast accumulated a $150 million fortune after controversially selling half of his Billabong shares while he was the chief executive ...