Passport Seized By Police Due to Fraud Case – Returned

Our client was going to be charged with Obtaining financial advantage by deception.

What is alleged to have occured?
The client had his passport seized by Police after he was alleged to have been involved in a large fraud. The Police obtained a warrant and came and seized a lot of material including his passport and computers. His father in-law in China was very ill and he needed to go to visit him in China.

What happened at court?
Bill Doogue represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to get back the passport seized by Police.

The Police had not charged our client at the stage when we made an application for him to be given back his passport.

The Police obviously had concerns that he would not return once he was given back his passport. We provided a lot of material to show that his father-in-law was actually in a hospital and that our client had tickets each way, and that he had considerable assets still in Australia.

What was the result?
The Magistrate ruled that the passport should be returned to us and that our client should give it back to the Police when he returns from China.

Bill DoogueBill Doogue

Bill has been an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist for over 17 years and a criminal defence lawyer for over 25 years.

Bill specialises in defending corporate crime cases and defending serious sexual offences charges. Bill has expertly and successfully defended high profile, high-pressure cases and is highly respected by the Courts, police and his peers. Bill runs the Melbourne office and enjoys his involvement in advising on the higher level strategy that should be used to defend cases.

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