Dishonesty offences – Fraud

Fraud is committed when a person obtains property or goods from another person by dishonest means or deception. The determination of an offence applies when this act of fraud has been proven to be deliberate or reckless.

The court has the option to impose a range of sentences. However the maximum penalty for fraud is 10 years imprisonment.

The accused commits an act of deception; and by that act;

  • Obtains property belonging to another, or obtains a financial advantage or causes financial disadvantage; and
  • The obtaining of that property of advantage or causing of that loss is dishonest (as defined)

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