WHAT IS FRAUD?
Fraud is a deliberate criminal deception intended to secure or result in a financial or personal gain. This includes falsification of documents, forgery, identity theft or the use of someone’s credit card
INTENTION TO DEFRAUD
In order to be found guilty of a fraud charge in Western Australia, the prosecution needs to prove that you have acted with the intention to defraud, or behaving dishonestly.
There are two common defences for fraud charges under the Criminal Code (WA), honest claim of right under section 22 and; mistake of fact under section 24. If you’ve been charged with a fraud offence, we can help you determine whether either of these or any other defences apply to you.
The penalties for fraud can be life changing with the maximum being 7 years imprisonment and up to 10 years imprisonment if the person you’ve allegedly deceived is 60 years old and over. Don’t risk your freedom, speak to one of our experienced criminal lawyers now.