Category: Fraud Charges

Woman Who Defrauded Victims by Claiming to Have Cancer Imprisoned


A 24-year old woman who convinced her parents, friends and neighbours to give her tens of thousands of dollars by falsely claiming that she required the money for lifesaving cancer treatment has been sentenced to three months in prison and a 12 month community corrections order, in a case reminiscent of the Belle Gibson fraud. ...

10 Years in Prison for Multi-Million Dollar Tax Fraud


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A 12-year investigation has culminated in the sentencing of a businessman behind what has been described as Australia’s biggest tax fraud. The NSW Supreme Court has sentenced Gold Coast businessman Michael Issakidis to a full term of ten years in prison, with a minimum term of 7 and a ...

NSW Lawyer Struck Off and Prosecuted For Fraud


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim When applying to be admitted into the Australian legal profession, law graduates are required to undergo a character test to determine whether they are a “fit and proper person” to engage in legal practise. However, there are lawyers who – in the course of practising the law – breach ...

Should Businesses Contribute to Legal Aid Funding?


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim Unlike in the United States, there is no general right in Australia to a defence lawyer for those who cannot afford it. In fact each year, tens of thousands of people across the country find themselves in the ‘justice gap’ – where they cannot afford private legal representation but ...

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers


Being charged with a criminal offence can be nerve-wracking. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter such as drug possession, drink driving or common assault, or accused of something as serious as commercial drug supply, complex ...

Salim Mehajer Accused of Staging Fake Car Crash


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim 31-year old former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has been charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiring to commit insurance fraud for allegedly staging a car crash to avoid a court hearing. Assault hearing Mr Mehajer was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after allegedly throwing ...

Sydney Lawyer Struck Off for Defrauding Elderly Client


Sydney lawyer Victor Berger has been removed from the roll of legal practitioners after over-charging an elderly client $137,543. The solicitor made regular phone calls to the frail woman in her nineties, checking on her health, her relationship with her children, and her housework. Then in 2012, some months before the woman died, the lawyer ...

Criminal Lawyer’s Prison Sentence Confirmed on Appeal


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Criminal defence lawyer Stephen Stubbs has lost his appeal for fraud convictions and will spend time in prison. The offences An ACT Supreme Court jury found 64-year old Stubbs guilty last year of 14 counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception in the course of doing legal work for 19-year old ...

CBA Senior Financial Planner Avoids Prison for Fraud


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim “It was not a momentary lapse of judgment. It involved 18 clients and it breached his employer’s trust and the clients’ trust”, Queensland magistrate Cathy McLennan remarked when sentencing former CBA senior financial planner Ricky Gillespie for fraud. “It really does require a sentence to be imposed that will ...

Fraud Charges Dropped Against Woman Who Overdrew $4.6 Million


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Fraud charges against a former Sydney University student who spent $4.6 million dollars after a Westpac banking error have been dropped. Christine Lee was charged with ‘dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception’ and ‘knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime’ last year after going on a multi-million-dollar spending spree. ...