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Criminal law - Centrelink Fraud

Date: January 16, 2009

Authors: LAC Lawyers

Welcome to LAC Lawyers. Please find below a short article on centrelink fraud. If you would like to talk to one of our centrelink fraud lawyers please call us on 1300 799 888 to discuss further.

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Centrelink fraud has become rife in the last few years and Centrelink investigators have become more and more ardent at uncovering this. There is a deliberate attempt to rip-off the system and today’s sentencing shows how harshly welfare cheats can expect to be treated by the courts. 

Centrelink has a specialist Fraud Investigation Teams that use highly developed purpose-built computer matching programs, and data matching and advanced techniques to indentify and counter sophisticated identity fraud attempts. If you have been charged with these types of offences, treat the matter as serious and come in and make an appointment to see us ASAP.

In 2008, a 65-year-old woman who used a false identity to steal more than $100,000 in Centrelink payments had been sentenced to 24 months in prison in Sydney.

The District Court heard the woman, from Sydney’s inner-west, received a Widow Allowance and Age Pension in her real name between December 1998 and February 2007. During this time, she was also working under a false identity.

The woman, who pleaded guilty, received more than $102,700 in welfare payments she wasn’t entitled to and will be eligible for parole after serving nine months in prison. She was also ordered by the court to repay Centrelink the remaining amount she owes - $ 99,870.

There are some situations that may result in an incorrect payment or fraud being committed. These include:

  • working and getting a payment from Centrelink
  • getting income from a source other than working
  • living with someone while claiming to live alone
  • getting a payment from Centrelink for children not in your care
  • getting a payment from Centrelink while no longer studying
  • using more than one name to get payments from Centrelink
  • getting more than one payment from Centrelink
  • getting Rent Assistance when you are not paying rent
  • Child Care Centres getting incorrect payments from Centrelink.

Cases of welfare fraud in NSW also had a strong conviction rate. Of the 941 cases appearing in court, 909 resulted in convictions - a conviction rate of 96.6 per cent. Don’t become a statistic. If you have been charged, come in and speak to me immediately!

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Date: January 08, 2013
Author(s): Frank Egan B.A., LL.B., A.C.L.A., F.T.I.A. (Notary)
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Date: January 08, 2013
Author(s): Frank Egan B.A., LL.B., A.C.L.A., F.T.I.A. (Notary)
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The Consequences When Convicted of A Criminal Offence

Date: July 12, 2012
Author(s): Steven Sher B.A., LL.B., LL.M. (Taxation)
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Date: May 28, 2012
Author(s): Frank Egan B.A., LL.B., A.C.L.A., F.T.I.A. (Notary)
Although this article deals with Taxation and Centrelink offences it should never be forgotten that the real art in all of these matters is to try to avoid criminal prosecution at all costs. The level of skill and expertise which is required to do this is beyond most lawyers and certainly, most accountants as it is a discipline all of its own.

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Date: May 15, 2012
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Over the years the ATO has turned its attention to a number of taxation exploitation schemes. During the course of the current calendar year one of their major points of focus is Australian residents with undeclared foreign source income e.g. foreign investment income or income earned from inherited assets.

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Date: April 18, 2012
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A recent Supreme Court appeal established a major flaw in social security fraud cases. In order to establish social security fraud, the prosecution will usually charge the defendant pursuant to s135.2 (1) of the Criminal Code (Cth). The charge is obtaining financial advantage from the Commonwealth.

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Date: February 21, 2012
Author(s): Carmel Stagnitti LL,B. (Hons.) , Grad.Dip. (Legal Practice) , BA. (PolStuds) , Adv.Dip. (Criminal Justice)
If you have been charged with stalking, it is a serious criminal offence and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment. A defence available to you in criminal proceedings for stalking or a personal safety intervention order is that the court is required to be satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the person has engaged in a course of conduct without malice.

Criminal Law – Sexual Offences (Vic)

Date: February 20, 2012
Author(s): Carmel Stagnitti LL,B. (Hons.) , Grad.Dip. (Legal Practice) , BA. (PolStuds) , Adv.Dip. (Criminal Justice)
Sexual crime is a serious offence within our community. Depending on the circumstances, if you are found guilty and convicted of a sexual offence the penalties may involve imprisonment.

Criminal Law - Compensation for Victim of Crime

Date: January 13, 2012
Author(s): Angelita Manlangit LL.B.
In Australia, all states and territories have approved counselling schemes and statutory compensation schemes that aim to provide support and rehabilitation for victims of crimes of violence.

Family Law - Children and the Criminal Justice System

Date: January 13, 2012
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The criminal justice system in Australia provides a set of processes and practices when dealing with children and young people who are alleged offenders or who have been found guilty of committing a crime. It encompasses the general process of arresting, charging and sentencing a child offender and the legal orders provided by the courts.

Family Law- Children and Criminal Responsibility

Date: January 13, 2012
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Although difficult to fathom, we cannot deny the fact that children as young as 10 years old are capable of committing a crime. The Australian legal system acknowledges that children require special attention, consideration and protections. As a result, a number of legislations and common law particularly deal with children and young people and how they ought to be treated in the criminal justice system.

Tax Law - Debt recovery - False or misleading statements(Part 1 of 4)

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Criminal Law - Child Abduction

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Author(s): Angelita Manlangit LL.B.
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Criminal Law - Child Abuse

Date: November 16, 2011
Author(s): Angelita Manlangit LL.B.
There is no exact figure as to how many children in Australia are suffering from child abuse. But one thing is for sure, it is heart-breaking. It is a complex issue that is all too often ignored. Child abuse is a situation where a child suffers significant harm from an injury caused by the child’s parent or guardian. This can take the form of emotional, mental or physical abuse.

Criminal Law - Fatal Child Neglect

Date: November 16, 2011
Author(s): Angelita Manlangit LL.B.
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Date: March 14, 2011
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Date: March 21, 2006
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
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Criminal Law - Drugs: Police Sniffer Dogs: Part 2

Date: March 21, 2006
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
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Date: March 21, 2006
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
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Date: March 20, 2006
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
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Date: March 15, 2006
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
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Date: September 26, 2005
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
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Author(s): LAC Lawyers
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Date: September 22, 2005
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
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