Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
Fraud - Using False Document
In the ACT, it is an offence to use a false document with the intention of obtaining a financial gain. In the ACT the maximum penalty for using a false document is 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of 1000 penalty units.
What Is Fraud – Using False Document?
The offence of Fraud – Using a False Document is defined in Sections 347, 348 and 349 of the Criminal Code Act 2002. A person commits the offence of using a false document when they use a document that they know is false with the intention of obtaining a gain or causing a loss or to influence the exercise of a public duty.
Under Section 348 of the Criminal Code Act, it is an offence to possess a document that you know is false with the intention that someone else will use it and this will lead to a gain, cause a loss or influence the exercise of a public duty.
Section 349 states that it’s an offence to make or modify a device, material or something else knowing that it is capable of making a false document, even if the device was not originally intended to be used for making a false document.
Under this section it is also an offence if you have the intention that someone else will use the thing for fraudulent purposes or to possess something that you know is designed to make false documents.
A person will not be found guilty of this offence if they have a reasonable excuse for possessing the device, material or other thing.
Section 350 outlines the offence of False Accounting and states that a person commits an offence if they dishonestly destroy, damage or conceal an accounting document and do so with the intention to obtain a gain or cause a loss. A person commits an offence if they collaborate in the creation of modification of an accounting record, knowing it to be false and do so with the intention of obtaining a gain or causing a loss.
Under Section 351, it is an offence for an officer of a body to publish or collaborate in the publication of a document that is false or misleading and to do so with the intention to deceive members or creditors of the body about its financial affairs. The maximum penalty is 700 penalty units or 7 years imprisonment.
What Actions Might Constitute Using A False Document?
- Falsifying qualification to show at a job interview.
- Seeking a bank loan with falsified payslips.
- Seeking concession discounts with a Centrelink card you have manufactured yourself.
- Signing someone else’s name on a document – for example, signing a bank loan application as the other party so it appears as if both parties agree to the loan application.
Paycorp Payment Solutions Pty Ltd v Peter Singyin Chai (No 3)  NSW 1632 dealt with an individual who had forged a signature on a letter of resignation which was subsequently lodged with ASIC. The effect of this was that the letter contained the resignation of a sole director of a company.
The Estate of Juliana Voros; Cooney & Ors v Cherry  NSWSC 1603 dealt with a forgery of a signature on a will.
What The Police Must Prove
- that the accused made a false document;
- that they did so with the intention that you or another person would entice another person to accept it as genuine; and
- that because it is accepted as genuine, the accused would obtain a gain or cause a loss; and
- influence the exercise of a public duty.
Possible Defences To Fraud – Using False Document
- that the documents were not false or that you did not have knowledge that the documents were false;
- that no advantage was gained, no disadvantage was done and no public duty was influenced;
- that you acted under duress.
Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?
When a matter is dealt with summarily (in the Magistrates Court) the maximum penalty is $15,000, five years imprisonment or both. When the matter is dealt with on indictment (in the Supreme Court) the maximum penalty could be imposed.
The maximum penalty is $15,000 penalty units and/or 10 years imprisonment; however the court can impose any of the following penalties:
- Prison Sentence
- Intensive Corrections Order (ICO)
- Suspended Sentence
- Community Service Order (CSO)
- Good Behaviour Bond
If you require legal advice about fraud or any other legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal on 1300 038 223 or send us an email.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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