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‘Sports Rorts’ Scandal: 43% of Grants Were Ineligible

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
On the back of a politically controversial 2019, you might think Prime Minister Scott Morrison couldn’t possibly find himself embroiled in yet another public relations disaster. But the PM has proven us wrong, with the latest ‘sports rort’ scandal, another...

Should Catfishing be a Crime?

by Sonia Hickey
The parents of a 20-year old woman who disappeared after becoming a victim of catfishing, are now calling for the behaviour to be made a crime in its own right. What is catfishing? Catfishing is generally the term given to...

Man Sent to Prison For Defrauding Desperate Farmers

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
In the midst of the crippling drought affecting many parts of the nation, scammers have been preying on the vulnerability of who are desperate to feed their livestock. And recently, a man from Parkes was sent to prison for his...

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 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...

General Electric Accused of $US38 Billion Fraud

by Ugur Nedim
Harry Markopoulos is a private financial investigator who claims to use various mathematical techniques to determine the accuracy of statements released by companies regarding their financial positions. He is best known for making detailed written submissions to the United States...

The Offence of Obtaining a Benefit by Deception

by Ugur Nedim
A former senior executive of Seven West Media, the owners of television Channel 7, was granted conditional bail on 25 July 2019 after being charged with multiple offences arising from his alleged misappropriation of $8 million in company funds. 57-year...

Centrelink’s Flawed Robo-Debt System is Killing Our Most Vulnerable

by Sonia Hickey
The story of Devi Barker, one of Centrelink’s robo-debt victims has put the flawed Government automated debt-recovery system back into the spotlight. Her story is not dissimilar to thousands of other Australians in the same predicament: accused of racking up...
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