Obtain Property by Deception x26

The client is a 29-year old female. She was originally charged with 26 charges of obtain property by deception which concerned an alleged 186 separate deceptions rolled-up into individual charges. The deceptions related to obtaining refunds for products through the presentation of forged receipts. The total value of the deceptions was an alleged $20K.

Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

After close scrutiny of the prosecution brief, and as a result of extensive negotiations with the police prosecutor over a period of 2 months, the prosecution agreed to amend all charges to reflect 52 individual occasions of offending, rather than 186 as originally alleged. Further, several charges were withdrawn. During the plea in mitigation, the Court’s attention was drawn to our client’s good previous history, her excellent work history, and the absence of any subsequent offending.

Client received an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour for 2 years, and a further condition to pay the sum of $1000 into the Court fund, this order was made without conviction.


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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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