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Corporate crime is an offence committed by a corporation or by someone acting on its behalf. Corporate crime is regulated by multiple federal agencies including the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and may then be referred to the ODPP WA or the CDPP for prosecution. If you need advice in relation to a corporate crime please contact Armstrong Legal’s Perth Corporate Crime Lawyers on 1300 038 223.
What Is Corporate Crime in Perth?
Corporate crime generally involves the manipulation of data or company records in order to financially benefit individuals. It can also involve tax fraud, insider trading and environmental offences.
Corporate crimes are often committed over a long period of time and there is a lot of information for authorities to sift through. When the commission of corporate crimes is detected it’s difficult to know whether the crime was committed intentionally. Companies accused or convicted of a corporate criminal offence often suffer severe financial losses and the person’s responsible face possible imprisoned. The company itself can also be fined large amounts of money.
What Is White-Collar Crime in Western Australia?
White-collar crime is a non-violent crime committed for financial gain by professionals in the course of their work. White-collar crime can include fraud and forgery, bribery and corruption, identity theft and tax fraud.
Our Corporate Crime lawyers deal with white-collar crime regularly and are dedicated and committed to achieving the best possible outcome for clients. They also have experience in defending clients in court and advising on sentencing discounts for pleading guilty or for assisting authorities.
Our Perth Corporate Crime Lawyers are available via phone on 1300 038 223 between 7am and midnight seven days a week.
Corporate Crime Offences
There is a variety of corporate crime offences that can be carried out by individuals.
The finance and banking sector is regulated by ASIC. ASIC’s powers are covered by The Corporations Act and the Australian Securities and Investment Act. ASIC can investigate any organisation it suspects of breaching the legislation. Offences include:
- Carrying on Financial Services Business Without a Licence
- Director Omitting Certain Entries
- Directors Cheating or Defrauding
- Directors Publishing False Statements
- Dishonest Use of Position
- Falsification of Books
- Manage Corporation Whilst Disqualified
- Insider Trading
When you’re an undischarged bankrupt, you cannot undertake certain activities. If you do these activities while bankrupt you could be prosecuted. If you’re convicted of a bankruptcy offence you are unlikely to receive a fine. The most common penalty for bankruptcy offences is a sentence of full-time imprisonment. Offences under the Bankruptcy Act include:
- Make false statements to the trustee
- Obtain credit without disclosing bankruptcy
- Obtain property by fraud as a bankrupt
Talk to one of Armstrong Legal’s friendly and helpful Perth Corporate Crime Lawyers who can advise you on your rights and responsibilities when you’re bankrupt.
Under the Criminal Code Act 1995, bribery is an offence when it occurs in the domestic and foreign public sector. Bribery offences are more common in certain industries than others and like other corporate crime offences, they are generally carried out for financial or business gain.
If you have been charged with a bribery offence, contact our Perth Corporate Crime Lawyers today.
Western Australian Environmental Offences
The Government of Western Australia is responsible for regulating the state’s environment, through the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
Environmental offences include:
- Illegally trading hazardous waste
- Illegally trading wildlife
- Illegal and unregulated fishing
- Illegally logging and trading timber
- Illegal dumping
The penalties for breaching WA’s Environmental Protection Act 1986 are severe and can include significant fines for individuals and corporations.
Talk to our Perth Corporate Crime lawyers for advice on environmental regulations in WA.
ASIC investigates matters concerning insider trading. ASIC has the power to refer matters to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. In recent years Perth businessmen have been fined or sentenced to full-time imprisonment for insider trading.
We have a strong record defending clients charged with insider trading offence. If you require assistance or representation in relation to insider trading please contact our Perth Corporate Crime Lawyers today.
WorkSafe Offences in Perth
Every business owner has a responsibility to its employees and contractors to provide a safe working environment. If there has been a workplace injury or death, WorkSafe inspectors will inspect the premises and in some situations, they can take enforcement action, which may lead to the prosecution of individuals for non-compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.
For further information on WorkSafe, offences give our helpful Perth Corporate Crime lawyers call on 1300 038 223.
Forgery is the manipulation of financial or accounting records for financial gain. Forgery offences include:
- Fraud offence
- Dishonest destruction of an accounting record
- Make dishonest statements
- Dishonest statements with intent to deceive members
Identity fraud is very easy to undertake, meaning there is a huge risk that a person could become the victim of identity fraud. Identity fraud involves the theft of credit card details or identification information for misuse by another person. It may occur online as well as offline. Online identity fraud is a massive risk to people, with white collar criminals scamming people or phishing for their banking information. Identity fraud broadly involves:
- Dealing with identification information
- Possess identification information
- Possess equipment capable of making identification information
If you’ve been the victim of identity fraud, contact our Perth Corporate Crime lawyers on 1300 038 223.
Perth Money Laundering
Money laundering refers to the concealment of the true origins of money derived from criminal activities. It often occurs when funds are the result of sophisticated crime.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions investigates, and prosecutes crimes governed by the Financial Transactions Reporting Act 1988 or the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Act 2006.
Call Armstrong Legal’s Perth Corporate Crime lawyers on 1300 038 223 to discuss your situation.
Tax Fraud Offences Western Australia
Although there is no specific offence known as ‘tax fraud’ there are several offences that a person could be charged with in relation to tax evasion.
Obtain A Financial Advantage By Deception
You can be found guilty of obtaining a financial advantage by deception if the courts can prove that:
- you obtained a financial advantage; and
- obtained that advantage by “deception”
Conspiracy To Defraud
The courts can find you guilty of conspiracy to defraud if you:
- Conspire with another person;
- Do so with the intention of dishonestly obtaining a gain for a third person.
The maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years imprisonment. If you are being audited by the Australian Tax Office on allegations that you’ve dishonestly filed your taxes, you need to get legal advice as early as possible in the audit process. Armstrong Legal’s Perth Corporate Crime lawyers have experience and expertise in taxation law so contact them today.
What Types Of Corporate Crime Can You Assist With?
Our Perth Corporate Crime lawyers can assist with the whole range of corporate crime offences. Whatever stage your matter is up to we can assist to guide you through the court process and ensure the court is aware of every factor in your favour. We have years of experience in:
- ASIC investigations
- ASIC offences
- Bankruptcy offences
- Coronial inquests – workplace related
- Environmental offences
- Fraud – After February 2010
- Fraud – Before February 2010
- Identity fraud
- Insider trading
- Money laundering
- Tax fraud
- WorkSafe WA Prosecutions
Our Perth Corporate Crime lawyers are available on 1300 038 223 and can answer any queries you have.
How Can Our Perth Corporate Crime Lawyers Help?
Armstrong Legal boasts a team of professional and experienced White Collar Crime and Corporate Crime lawyers. They are specialists in their fields with excellent research skills, advocacy skills and a proven track record of securing favourable outcome for corporate crime clients.
When you’re facing a legal challenge it’s imperative that you have the right lawyer on your side. Our lawyers have over 100 years of experience in their field and frequently appear in the Magistrates Court and the District Court in corporate crime matters.
Armstrong Legal’s Perth White Collar Crime and Corporate Crime Lawyers will work collaboratively with you until the matter is resolved.
Our lawyers are available on 1300 038 223 or via email.