Centrelink Fraud, Plea in the Magistrates’ Court

The client had received over $57,000 in Centrelink payments over a 5 year period, to which she was not entitled. She had been receiving payments as a ‘single’ person, when she was in fact married.

Kristina Kothrakis represented our client at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court.

The Magistrate heard submission with respect to significant difficulties in her personal life throughout that period.

The Magistrate was ultimately persuaded that an immediate term of imprisonment, despite that large amount of payments obtained, was not appropriate in the circumstances. She was sentenced to 7 months imprisonment, which was wholly suspended for a period of 12 months.


Kristina KothrakisKristina Kothrakis

Kristina has significant experience in criminal trials and also holds a degree in Science, majoring in Psychology, an invaluable area of knowledge, as many of her clients suffer from psychological disorders.

Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.

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DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 25/02/2013