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VIC Centrelink Fraud - How Should I Own Up To It?

Discussion in 'Debt and Bankruptcy Law Forum' started by Dan Mauve, 14 October 2014.

  1. Dan Mauve

    Dan Mauve Member

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    I have found my conscience after knowingly committing fraud to Centrelink. I haven't yet been caught but want to pay the money back anyway. I have a few questions if anybody knows about this?
     
  2. Sarah J

    Sarah J Well-Known Member

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    Hi Dan,

    Centrelink fraud or giving Centrelink misleading or false information is a criminal act and taken quite seriously. I cannot advise you as to what you should do. However, read this fact sheet from the Victorian Legal Aid and perhaps speak with a lawyer from your local community legal centre as to your options. The Fitzroy Legal Centre is particularly good as they have drop-in sessions on most evenings without need for appointment.
     
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    Sophea Well-Known Member

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    Hi Dan, cases of centrelink fraud are generally prosecuted under s135.2(1) of the Cth Criminal Code, "obtaining a financial advantage from a Commonwealth entity" which carries maximum penalty of 12 months jail and/or a fine of $6,600. It is a summary offence. Even if you pay back the money that you took, you can still be charged with an offence.

    I would seek personalised legal advice before you do anything else as Sarah said.
     
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  4. Dan Mauve

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    Thank you to both of you for your informative advice. I shall head to the Fitzroy Legal Centre one day this week and report back on the next steps I'm thinking of taking.
     
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