Community Corrections Order for Centrelink Fraud

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

Hester KellyHester Kelly

Hester is based at our Melbourne office and was admitted to practice in 2014. She previously worked as an Associate to Judge Howard in the County Court of Victoria and was also a solicitor advocate at another Melbourne criminal law firm before becoming a member of Doogue + George.

Hester graduated with First Class Honours in Law in 2012 from Monash University, with a degree in Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws. She completed two internships at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and has volunteered with the HIV/Aids Legal Centre in Melbourne.

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