Category: Fraud Charges

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. ...

There’s a Resounding Silence Over the Paradise Papers Revelations


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The largest leak of financial information in history was made globally last week and the reaction has been lacklustre. The 13.4 million files that make up the Paradise Papers uncover the financial dealings of the ultra-rich and major corporations in offshore tax havens. Most of the documents were derived ...

Top 5 Countries Where Australians Get into Trouble with the Law


Australians like to travel – nearly 9 million of us take overseas trips every year whether for business, family or pleasure. For most of us, the trip goes as planned and we arrive back home safely on Australian soil. But for others, it can be a very different story. Each year, the Department of Foreign ...

Serco-Run Facilities: Fraud, Failures and Fatal Errors


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Australian governments pay the Serco group tens of millions of dollars every year to manage sensitive public services such as correctional and detention centres, and a range of defence contracts. The UK-based company is even making a bid to run our public housing. However, Serco has come under fire in recent ...

Criminal Lawyers Charged with Fraud


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Criminal defence lawyer Michael Bosscher and two employees of law firm Bosscher Lawyers in Brisbane, have been charged with fraud offences after a joint investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) and Queensland Police Service (QPS) into suspected criminal activity in the legal profession. 48-year old Mr Bosscher, ...

Report Recommends Increasing Penalties for White Collar Offences


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A review of Australian corporations law has stated that punishments for many white collar crimes and regulatory breaches are too weak to act as a deterrent. The Financial System Inquiry was established by Financial Services Minister, Kelly O’Dwyer, who suggested that penalties for some breaches and offences are “inadequate ...

Are Your Household Appliances Spying on You?


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Baby monitors, your fridge, TV and sport shoes could soon be the focus of new laws amid growing concerns of hacking which can lead to the unauthorised use of images, stalking and fraud offences. The federal government is considering legislation and a mandatory cyber security rating for web-enabled household ...

“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 ...