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."
Centrelink fraud is one of the most common and frequently prosecuted Commonwealth criminal offences. Centrelink fraud offences are serious and the maximum penalty can range from imprisonment of between 12 months and 10 years depending upon which charge the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) chooses to prosecute.
Centrelink Fraud Investigations
Centrelink will normally give you the opportunity to participate in a taped record of interview prior to referring the matter to the CDPP. You should seek legal advice before making a decision to attend or not to attend any interview, as any admissions you make may be used against you in court proceedings.
We have two lawyers at Armstrong Legal who were employed by the CDPP and were in the Centrelink fraud section. They have extensive experience in this area and will be able to advise you whether participating in an interview will assist your case or not.
Centrelink overpayment: will I be charged?
This is a common question and it is important to be clear about the separate steps prior to a criminal prosecution being initiated. If you have been overpaid money by Centrelink, either because you have failed to correctly declare your income, or failed to update Centrelink with details that affect your payment, Centrelink may raise a debt or overpayment. This means that you owe Centrelink the amount overpaid and Centrelink will take action to recover the money from you. You may have the overpayment reduced or waived after an internal review or an appeal to the Social Security Administrative Tribunal. Normally Centrelink achieves this by deducting money from payments that you may be entitled to. The mere fact that there is an overpayment does not necessarily mean that you will be charged with a Centrelink offence.
Centrelink fraud charges
Centrelink are likely to charge you with a Centrelink fraud if the amount overpaid is not trivial and Centrelink believes that you intentionally and knowingly engaged in conduct to obtain more money than you were entitled. In other words, what you did was more than just carelessness or negligence. For example, you intentionally failed to declare your income so you would be paid more benefits than you were entitled.
Centrelink fraud prosecutions
If Centrelink believe that an offence may have been committed, after the overpayment has been raised and an investigation completed, Centrelink will refer the matter to the CDPP.
The CDPP is an independent body and its role is to decide whether criminal charges will be laid. It will consider whether the evidence is sufficient for there to be reasonable prospects of a conviction, and it will also consider whether it is in the public interest for charges to be laid. In doing so, it will consider factors such as the amount overpaid and whether there were any aggravating features to the conduct (for example whether false statements were made to Centrelink, or whether false or multiple identities were used).
For advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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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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