Make False Documents – Diversion

This is a case study on a successful diversion application for multiple charges of Make False Document.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was charged with 29 separate offences of Make False Document which spanned a period of 5 years. He was an employee of a business which trades in a specific area of second-hand goods. Our client admitted to recording various transactions to a family member when he had in fact sold his own property through the business. Our client had no prior court history.

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court for the charge of Make false documents.

Although the client admitted to making false documents which recorded transactions that did not really occur, it wasn’t clear whether the client’s employer actually sustained a loss as a result of our client’s actions. The prosecution summary was amended to reflect that the business had not suffered a financial loss.

What was the result?
Our application for diversion was successful and the case proceeded as a single charge of Make false document. Our client’s case was successful and he avoided a criminal record.
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