Dishonestly cause a loss (Centrelink or the Australian Tax Office)

What is the offence of Dishonestly cause a loss?

The offence of Dishonestly cause a loss is found at section 135.1 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code 1995. If you are charged with the offence of Dishonestly cause a loss, your options will normally be to plead guilty or not guilty.

Pleading not guilty

You will be found not guilty of the offence of Dishonestly cause a loss if the police cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt:

  1. You do anything with the intention of dishonestly obtaining a gain from another person; and
  2. The other person is a Commonwealth entity.

If the police are able to prove the above elements beyond reasonable doubt, you will still be found not guilty if any of the following offnces can be established:

Contact our offices at Sydney, Parramatta, Blacktown and Redfern to organise a time for one of our criminal lawyers to advise you of your prospects of successfully defending the charge of Dishonestly cause a loss.

Pleading guilty

If you agree that you have committed the offence (and the police are able to prove so), it is best to plead guilty as you will normally receive a discount on sentence and it will demonstrate remorse and contrition. Alternatively, it may be the case that one of our experienced solicitors can negotiate with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to less serious facts or even a less serious charge.

Dishonestly cause a loss carries a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment in the District Court or 2 years imprisonment if the offence is dealt with in the Local Court as well as a fine. However, these penalties are typically reserved for the worst offenders. It is a serious criminal offence for which people are often sentenced to terms of imprisonment. If you are charged with this offence, you should contact our office immediately.

Penalties that a court can impose in NSW are:

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