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General Dishonesty

General Dishonesty is an offence under Section 135.1 (1) & (3) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You acted with the intention to obtain a gain from another, or, cause a loss to another
  2. You did so dishonestly, and
  3. The other was a Commonwealth entity

It is not necessary for the prosecution to prove that you knew the other was a Commonwealth entity.

Defences to the charge include:

  1. Duress
  2. Necessity, and
  3. Having a claim of right over the property, which means you genuinely believed you were legally entitled to it

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