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Fraud Charge For Aged Carer

The Charges:

1x charge of fraud to the value of $41,000

Court Attended:

Southport District Court

Attendance Date:

11 June 2018

Overview of Case:

Our client was charged with fraud. Our client was an aged carer and worked with the complainant as her carer. Our client withdrew $41,000 from the complainant’s account and used the money for her alcohol and gambling addiction. She had no prior criminal history.

Outcome:

The Crown handed up comparative cases and submitted that our client should receive a term of 2.5 years imprisonment to be released after serving 10 to 12 months in custody.  Our client followed our advice and obtained a pre-sentence report and also was able to pay full restitution to the complainant.  Our counsel submitted that the Court should take our client’s mental health issues and the full restitution into consideration and reduce the sentence.  Our client was sentenced to 2.5 years in custody.  She was ordered to serve 3 months of actual imprisonment with the remainder to be suspended thereafter for a period of 3 years.

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