Obtain Property by Deception

The client received various payments from Centrelink between 2001 and 2009. At the same time she was working part time and failed to report her income to centrelink. She claimed rent assistance and the single rate of payment in circumstances where she lived with her partner and they were paying off a mortgage.

The broader circumstances of the offending were explained to the Court. The client’s partner had a long standing drug addiction who, during the charged period, used all of his income to purchase the drug. The money obtained by the client was used to keep the household afloat and meet the mortgage payments.

More recently, the client had obtained permanent employment and her partner had rehabilitated. At the time of sentencing the client was also heavily pregnant.

The client pleaded guilty at the very first opportunity. Josh Taaffe appeared at the client’s sentencing hearing in the Moorabbin Justice Centre for the charge of Obtain property by deception.

During submissions, it was demonstrated to the Court that she was extremely remorseful for her actions and had paid back the amounts she had received. She had began to make repayments before even being charged.

The client was sentenced to a 12-month community based order without supervision or community work. She was required to attend programs designed to reduce re-offending.


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Josh has extensive experience in indictable crime including sex offences, assaults & drug matters.

As an instructing solicitor Josh has specialised in handling complex matters, such as murder and terrorism trials, including State and Commonwealth Supreme Court trials. Josh is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.

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