I have been charged with Fraud, what are the consequences?
Fraud is a serious criminal offence as found in the Crimes Act 1900 and the Crimes Amendment (Fraud, Identity and Forgery Offences) Act 2009. It occurs when a person acquired someone else’s property, obtains financial advantage or cause any kind of financial disadvantage by deceit.
The maximum penalty for a general fraud offence is 10 years imprisonment.
Are Commonwealth Centrelink Fraud charges serious?
Centrelink fraud is a common offence prosecuted by the courts. It can be intentional, accidental or motivated by genuine financial hardships. You can be charged with Centrelink fraud for:
- failing to declare earnings from employment
- submitting false documents
- exaggerating a medical condition
- over-claiming benefits.
You can find more detail about fraud offences on judcom.nsw.gov.au or contact Legalbit Central Coast for a free first consultation.
We’ll explain the process and what you can you expect to happen.