Category: Fraud Charges

Cover Your Cam! Hackers are Demanding Money for Intimate Images


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Internet crimes such as accessing computers without authorisation and downloading personal information are on the rise in Australia. They now represent a multi-billion dollar industry, facilitating financial crimes such as credit card fraud and identity theft and enabling domestic violence offences such as cyber-stalking. But one particularly insidious form ...

What is White Collar Crime?


White-collar crime is not a new term. Edwin Sutherland, a North American criminologist, coined the term in 1949 to describe crimes committed by an individual, or groups of individuals, against a company or business. There have been calls for heavier penalties and longer terms of imprisonment to punish offenders who commit white collar crimes. Indeed, ...

Government Careless with the Private Data of Citizens


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The South Australian Government has been forced to shut down guest access to its online land titles registry, after an unidentified overseas ‘guest user’ was able to download the personal details of more than a million Australian home owners. The state’s Integrated Land Information System (SALIS) provided anyone free ...

Politician Charged with Forgery, Fraud and Lying Under Oath


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Former Western Australian MP Barry Urban has been charged with a dozen dishonesty offences including forgery, giving false evidence and fraud offences following his resignation from parliament. The story so far Former Labor MP, Barry Urban, quit Western Australian Parliament earlier this year after the Procedures and Privileges Committee ...

NAB Executives May Face Criminal Prosecution


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The National Australia Bank (NAB) is the latest financial institution to come under fire during the Banking Royal Commission over its alleged part in the estimated $850 million ‘fees-for no service’ scandal, whereby financial institutions systematically charged their customers fees for services that were never provided. Money for nothing ...

Cheating on Gambling in New South Wales


The New South Wales government strictly regulates gambling in our state. There are mountains of rules and regulations dictating when, where and how people are allowed to gamble. Those rules make it illegal to conduct a betting event without a licence or authorisation– even betting money on a coin toss between friends amounts to an ...

What is the Offence of Perjury in New South Wales?


Perjury can be generally defined as knowingly telling an untruth during judicial proceedings when under a legal obligation to be honest. It was a common law offence in New South Wales until abolished by section 341 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) and codified in Part 7, Division 4 of that Act, which also contains ...

Big Banks Get Away With Fines Despite Allowing Money Laundering to Flourish


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The global drug trade is estimated to be worth half a trillion US dollars every year, which accounts for around 1% of all worldwide trade. Those in the higher echelons of drug enterprises are constantly looking for ways to launder the proceeds of their criminal activity; in other words, ...

CBA Fined $700m, while ANZ to Face Criminal Charges for Alleged Cartel Conduct


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim It was reported this morning that the Commonwealth Bank has agreed to pay a $700 million fine after admitting to systemic breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws. The proposed settlement comes after an investigation by the federal government’s financial intelligence gathering agency AUSTRAC, which commenced last year. ...

Ford Fined a Fiesta


The Federal Court has ordered car manufacturer Ford to pay a $10 million fine after finding the way it responded to consumer complaints about PowerShift transmission systems (PST) was “unconscionable”. It has been reported that around 10,000 complaints were made to Ford about issues arising from the transmission systems. Under the Federal Court’s ruling, at ...