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Fraud Charges

The Offence of Public Mischief in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A professor at the University of Technology, Sydney is facing court for allegedly making a complaint to police that she was the victim of harassing letters, when she actually sent the letters to herself. Police arrested and charged UTS professor...

Scammers, looters and arsonists – the dark side of the bushfire tragedy

by Sonia Hickey
National disasters such as Australia’s current bushfire crisis, usually inspire our communities to rally together – to help each other when we need it the most. But sadly, there are always those willing to take advantage of the misfortune of...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Making a False Accusation in NSW

by Ugur Nedim
It has been reported that a 19-year old British student is facing up to 12 months in prison after being convicted of ‘public mischief’ for falsely claiming that 12 Israeli men gang-raped her in Ayia Napa, a resort town on...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Larceny as a Clerk or Servant in NSW

by Ugur Nedim
It has been alleged that a bank employee in the US city of Charlotte, North Carolina stole US$88,000 (approx. AUD$128,000) from the bank’s vault between July and August, 2019, and flaunted his new-found wealth on several social media posts. Arlando...

Pregnant Mum Pleads Guilty to Multiple Fraud Offences

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A pregnant mother of two has pleaded guilty to multiple fraud offences in Wollongong Local Court after police raided her home and found a criminal to-do-list sticky taped to her bedroom wall. The list detailed the criminal activities she would...

Class Action Brought Over Robodebt

by Sonia Hickey
It may well turn out to be the lawsuit of the year: A class action brought against the Federal Government over Centrelink robodebt. The class action, which will be launched in the High Court of Australia, was announced today by...

Dozens Charged with Participating in a Criminal Group

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Dozens of people have been arrested and charged by police for participating in a criminal group, many of whom are parents with young children with no prior criminal record. Almost 40 people have been arrested in the Western and South...

Cartel Offences in Australia: The Crime of Anti-Competitive Conduct

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd – also known as K-Line – was fined $34.5 million over cartel conduct in the Federal Court last month. K-Line admitted to engaging in anti-competitive conduct with other shipping companies between July 2009...

“A Step Too Far”: Morrison Moves to Criminalise Cash Payments

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
Right now, the Morrison government is finalising legislation that will criminalise large cash transactions made to or accepted by individuals and businesses for goods and services transactions. The cash payment limit that will soon warrant prison time if breached is...

Paying Cash? You Could End Up In Prison

by Sonia Hickey
A proposed new law would make paying more than $10,000 in cash for goods or services a criminal offence. The proposed changes were first announced in the 2018-19 budget, and a draft of the legislation, called the Currency (Restrictions on...
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