Lodging False BAS Statements, Plea in the County Court

This is a case study on a dishonesty offence involving an amount over $100,000.

What is alleged to have occured?
The client was heavily in debt due to business ventures that had gone sour. He had no prior Court appearances for dishonesty offences. He was charged with two charges of lodging false BAS (Business Activity Statement), and one charge of attempting to lodge a false BAS. In total, the amount that was falsely claimed was $123,537.

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Melbourne County Court. He received no actual prison term.

What was the result?
Our client was sentenced to a total effective sentence of 14 months imprisonment and released immediately on a 3-year recognisance release order.

Given the amounts of money that were involved, this is an excellent result.
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