Obtain Financial Advantage By Deception and Provide False Information – Community Corrections Order

Our client was charged with three counts of obtaining a financial advantage related to obtaining a benefit (family payments) for which she was not entitled to or only partly entitled to. The complainant was the Department of Human Services (formerly Centrelink).

The central allegation was that she had under-declared her earnings for a period of 3 years. Through withholdings from the benefit she would have otherwise been entitled to, a certain amount had been repaid by the time of the plea hearing. Client had no prior court history and she entered a plea of guilty at an early stage and was remorseful for her actions.

Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court for the charges of:

  • Obtain financial advantage by deception
  • Provide false information

We were able to highlight the circumstances in which the offending occurred and made reference to several particularly traumatic events: that our client was at the time struggling financially and that she had no prior offending.

The Court imposed a Community Corrections Order as well as a restitution order to repay the debt owed to the Department of Human Services.


Shaun PascoeShaun Pascoe

Shaun is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and a partner of the firm. Shaun runs the Heidelberg branch of Doogue + George.

He is an experienced criminal law solicitor and works hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. Shaun handles indictable and summary criminal offences and is an expert at criminal defence for both contested and non-contested cases.

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