Obtaining property by fraud as a bankrupt

The Maximum Penalty for this Offence is Three Years Imprisonment and/or a $19,800 Fine.

 In Bankruptcy Matters, a Fine is an Unlikely Result.

What Court is Likely to Hear the Matter

This matter is can be dealt with in either the Local or District Court depending on how serious it is.

If you think you may have breached a law or regulation in your role as an employee or company director, you need to seek urgent advice. Make sure your interests are fully protected. Talk to one of our team of specialist corporate crime lawyers today.

Common Ways in Which this Might Occur

  • You apply for a credit card and when asked whether you’re an undischarged bankrupt, you say no.
  • You purchase goods on credit and don’t inform them of your bankruptcy .

What the Prosecution Must Prove – the Elements of the Offence:

  • That you are a bankrupt;
  • That you obtained property or credit;
  • The obtaining of the property or credit was dishonest.

The Law

It is an offence under the Bankruptcy Act to obtain property or credit by fraud after becoming a bankrupt.




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