Obtaining Property by Deception – Good Behaviour Bond Without Conviction

The client moved to Australia from overseas in the early 2000s. At the time of the offence she had given birth to her first child, who was born with a congenital physical condition that required on-going treatment, including surgery.

What is alleged to have occured?
She began making online claims through her private health insurers to cover the costs of her son’s medical treatment. The offending occurred over a 10-month period. She was subsequently interviewed by police and made admissions to the offending, stating that she “needed the money” and admitted she “shouldn’t have done wrong”.

What happened at court?
She pleaded guilty to obtaining property by deception, the amount totalling over $2500.

We acted on her behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

What was the result?
After pleading guilty, the client was placed on an adjourned undertaking (good behaviour bond), without conviction. The issue of receiving a non-conviction disposition was a significant one for the accused, who wanted to make a future application for permanent residency in Australia.

The Magistrate agreed that it was significant that the client had no previous Court appearances or charges for dishonesty (in fact, for any offence), and that she had previously been employed in supervisory positions that included handling money.

It was also considered significant that the client had saved the full amount prior to the plea hearing and was in a position to repay it immediately.
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