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 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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