Obtain Property By Deception, Theft – Imprisonment

This is a case study on theft offences resulting in a term of imprisonment that was far less than what was otherwise expected.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client had two separate matters where she obtained a financial advantage of $500,000 by deception for over a period of four years. She was charged with:

They were serious offences and a prison term was inevitable.

What happened at court?
We acted in behalf of the client at the Melbourne County Court.

Despite the fact that the sentence was bleak, our client was guided through the necessary steps that she needed to take in order to ensure that she gives herself the best chance of obtaining a lesser sentence. Reports were obtained from her treating doctor, psychologist, and she was assessed by a forensic psychologist who provided a thorough report on and opinion of her. Character references were also obtained along with other documentation which detailed her financial difficulties.

By the time of the plea hearing, we were able to submit on her behalf a number of matters in mitigation which ensured that she receives a sentence far less than what was otherwise expected. The solicitor who had conduct of the matter also appeared at the plea hearing which ensured that the advocate was the person most familiar with the case and the client’s circumstances.

What was the result?
The Judge imposed a term of imprisonment for 2 years and 9 months with a non-parole period of 1 year and 6 months.
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 01/06/2015