Fraud including Centrelink fraud
There is a wide range of fraud offences found in the Crimes Act 1900. Such offences can result in gaol terms from 3 years to 10 years, depending on the seriousness of the offence.
When assessing the seriousness of a fraud offence the courts consider:
- The amount of money involved and whether the loss is irretrievable.
- The length of time over which the offences are committed.
- The motive for the crime.
- The degree of planning and sophistication.
- An accompanying breach of trust.
- The impact on public confidence and the impact on the victim.
There are also specific offences relating to social welfare and Centrelink fraud. Most Centrelink fraud prosecutions are commenced under Commonwealth legislation Social Security (Administration) Act 1999. However, the more serious Centrelink fraud matters may be commenced under the Criminal Code.
Centrelink fraud offences attract serious penalties including gaol terms of up to 12 months as well as fines of up to $13,320.00 depending on the seriousness of the fraud.
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What are the penalties?
Fraud offences attract serious penalties including gaol terms.
A summary of penalties for fraud offences are noted below: