A serious offence
Centrelink fraud is a serious offence which can result in a criminal record, substantial fines and up to 10 year’s imprisonment for a major offence.
If you suspect that you are under investigation for Centrelink Fraud, you should seek urgent legal assistance. Defences may be available to help you avoid a criminal record, fines or a jail term.
To establish a crime or fraud has occurred the prosecution must prove that your conduct was intentional and that you knew that you were not entitled to the money from Centrelink.
Are you under investigation?
If Centrelink believes a fraud has taken place, they will conduct an investigation. You may be asked to participate in a recorded interview. They can also turn up unannounced at your home to ask questions.
You should exercise your right to remain silent and get legal advice before talking to any Centrelink fraud investigators. Any information you provide in an interview can be used in Court as evidence.
We are here to help
Fourtree Lawyers have extensive experience representing clients who are under investigation or facing criminal charges for Centrelink fraud.
You may have a defence to the charges against you. Centrelink may have misinterpreted information you have given them, or they may have simply made an error.
Contact our Criminal Defence Lawyers on 1300 529 444 as soon as possible. The earlier we can start building the strongest case possible, the higher your chance of getting a favourable outcome.
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Penalties for Centrelink Fraud may include:
- Section 19B no conviction recorded
- A fine of up to $10,200 for a minor offence
- A fine of up to $102,000 for a major offence
- Imprisonment of up to 12 months for a minor offence
- Imprisonment of up to 10 years for a major offence
Regardless of the fraud being accidental or intentional, the recipient will still have to repay any overpaid entitlements.
Defences for Centrelink fraud may include:
- Personal financial hardship (necessity)
- Mental health issues (mental illness)
- Threats or coercion (duress)
- Lack of intent to defraud (honest mistake)
Contact Fourtree Lawyers criminal defence team on 1300 529 444 today.
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