Community Corrections Order for Centrelink Fraud

This is a case of Centrelink Fraud resulting in a Community Corrections Order.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was charged with obtaining a financial advantage from the Commonwealth in relation to social security payments. The quantum was not insignificant and was alleged to have occurred over several years.

What happened at court?
We acted on the client’s behalf at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre on the charge of Centrelink Fraud.

Custodial sentences are common in relation to social security offences, even for first time offenders. Regularly, in courts around Australia, people receive jail terms for this type of offending.

We carried out careful preparation of references, obtained medical material, and then finally advocated for the client in court by highlighting the client’s personal circumstances.

What was the result?
After making submissions to the court, the client ultimately received a Community Corrections Order with mental health and treatment hours only. She was also ordered to repay the Commonwealth.

Furthermore, the Magistrate appreciated the client’s efforts to repay the overpaid money.

A Community Corrections Order for Centrelink Fraud is certainly an excellent result as it means that the client would avoid a custodial sentence.

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 29/01/2018