Thank you Armstrong Legal, the lawyers that have helped over the past 3 years but more importantly, thank you to Thomas Allen for the major part you and Mr Buckland played. Cannot thank you enough. Cheers.
Hi all. I would like to thank Ms Lisa Riley for all her help with my legal issues this past month. It was the most harrowing experience of my life and thanks to her expertise, professionalism and knowledge of the law, I came out almost unscathed. I have no hesitation in recommending Lisa Riley and Armstrong Legal if you need help. The service is amazing and the cost was very minimal for the great outcome. Thank you Lisa for helping me in the most difficult time.
I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. My whole life I was thrown away, you made me feel like I did mean something. I could not have asked for a better lawyer. Your compassion and love for your job is inspiring. Your upfront and honesty were muchly appreciated, you are a beautiful person. Thank you for not giving up on me and thank you for all the work you put in. I wish you all the best for the future and I will be recommending you to everyone I know. You're amazing!!!!
I just wanted to thank you for representing me on Monday, I was overjoyed & relieved with the outcome. I don’t think it could have gone any better. All the best, I hope you got to celebrate this one instead after work, you forever made a difference in my life.
I know I thanked you before we parted company but please allow me to reiterate in writing my sincere deepest thanks for defending me in court today. … Armstrong Legal certainly has a great Lawyer you are a credit to the company and I'm quite sure you will secure a very successful future! … My Kindest Regards and Thanks
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 Defences
Most Centrelink offences require proof that what you did was done in full actual knowledge that it would result in Centrelink paying you more money than you were entitled. This article looks at the most common defences for Centrelink fraud.
This means that you may not have committed a Centrelink fraud offence unless you had a criminal intention to do what you did (for example under-declare your income), and you did that knowing you would be paid more than you should have been paid by Centrelink. The most common defence to a Centrelink fraud offence is a lack of intent to defraud the Commonwealth Government. This defence would apply in a case where it is alleged that someone failed to accurately declare their income, if they were not aware they were under-declaring their income, that person did not knowingly obtain the benefit they were not entitled to.
The defence may also be available where incorrect details were provided to Centrelink in relation to living arrangements, but that information was provided inadvertently or under an assumption that the information was correct.
As these are criminal proceedings, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions must prove that you had a criminal intent beyond a reasonable doubt.
Centrelink does not always get things right. Employees of Centrelink do make mistakes and they do not always keep proper records of conversations. It has been our experience that Centrelink employees often miscalculate what a person is entitled to. It is common that the amount claimed to have been obtained by fraud is not correct. We will be able to quickly ascertain what amount if any has been obtained by fraud.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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