Criminal lawyer for Obtain a financial advantage by deception (Centrelink and ATO)

Don’t muck about with government money or so the Magistrates and Judges say. Centrelink and tax rorting offences are viewed extremely seriously by the courts and if you are charged with one of these offences, you need an expert criminal lawyer from Australian Criminal Law Group.

Please note before being charged with these offences, people are often offered interviews by Centrelink or the Australian Taxation Office. We strongly suggest contacting us before opening your mouth and potentially making things worse, as any admissions you make may be used against you in court proceedings.

If you intend to plead guilty to a Obtain a financial advantage by deception charge, depending on the seriousness, we have Obtain a financial advantage by deception dismissed without convictions, and without our clients being sentenced to prison.

Read more about having no conviction recorded here.

How do I beat a charge of Obtain a financial advantage by deception?

You will be found not guilty of the offence of Obtain a financial advantage by deception if the police cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt:

  1. You by a deception, dishonestly obtained a financial advantage from another person (e.g. creating false invoices with the purpose of reducing the amount of taxation payable); and
  2. The other person is a Commonwealth entity.

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 your sentence, and it will demonstrate remorse and contrition. Our experienced solicitors can negotiate with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to less serious facts or even a less serious charge.

Obtain a financial advantage by deception carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine in the District Court. However, these penalties are typically reserved for the worst offenders. Nonetheless, Obtain a financial advantage by deception is an extremely serious criminal offence and if you are charged with this offence you should contact our office immediately.

You can read about all the sentencing options that a court has, including about not having a conviction recorded here.

Do I need references?

We believe references are an extremely important part of a plea of guilty in court. To find out more about how to write a good reference, click here.

Why choose Australian Criminal Law Group?

Our criminal lawyers are experts at obtaining the best outcome possible for Obtain a financial advantage by deception. For these offences, a good lawyer can be the difference between a conviction and no criminal record and freedom or jail. To read more about Australian Criminal Law Group, click here.

To discuss your charge of Obtain a financial advantage by deception, call Australian Criminal Law Group at our Sydney, Parramatta, and Blacktown offices or make a website inquiry today.

Case Study

Mr Correy represented two young men charged with defrauding their employer of tens of thousands of dollars by creating fake customer accounts to obtain commissions. Our solicitor submitted that their criminal culpability was lower than most similar cases because their manager had drawn them into the scheme unwittingly and they continued the criminal behaviour acting under a degree of duress in that they feared they would lose their jobs if they ceased. The Magistrate agreed with our lawyers’ submissions and dismissed the charges pursuant to section 10, meaning no conviction was recorded.

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Mr Correy represented a man charged with 11 counts of fraud, two counts of Participating in a criminal group and deriving profit from one, and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, which has a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment. Mr Correy had all the offences withdrawn and a new charge of deal with money reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime. The deal that Mr Correy got his client was better than all the co-Accused received. At sentence, the magistrate did not record a conviction.

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Mr Harb represented a woman who defrauded her employer out of $280,000 dollars over a period of 18 months. He negotiated the figure to $210,000. He convinced the court to give his client 15 months home detention.

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Australian Criminal Law Group represented a client charged with defrauding a charity of $150,000. He successfully argued that the court had alternatives to imprisonment and the Magistrate did not send her to jail.

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Mr Correy represented a young man pleading guilty to tampering with odometers and then reselling cars at inflated values. He defrauded a dozen people for a profit of more than $50,000.00 over 12 months. Fair Trading did not detect his illegal activities until more than six months after he had ceased engaging in the criminal behaviour. Mr Correy argued that due to his voluntary cessation of criminal activity, there was a public interest in dealing with him leniently. The Magistrate agreed and he received a good behaviour bond.

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