Fraudulent Appropriation Victoria
Fraudulent appropriation is a criminal offence in Victoria that involves the dishonest use or appropriation of property or money with the intention to temporarily deprive the owner of its possession.
The offence of fraudulent appropriation in Victoria is set out in section 81 of the Crimes Act 1958 (VIC). It involves dishonestly appropriating property belonging to another with the intention of temporarily depriving the other of it. The offence does not require the intention to permanently deprive the owner of the property, as is the case with theft.
Charges for fraudulent appropriation offences are typically laid by the police. The police will investigate the incident, collect evidence, and interview the accused and any witnesses. If there is sufficient evidence to support the elements of the offence, the police will lay charges and issue a charge sheet to the accused, detailing the offence and specifying the court appearance date.
The maximum penalty for fraudulent appropriation in Victoria is 7 years imprisonment. However, the actual penalty imposed will depend on various factors, including the value of the property appropriated, the circumstances surrounding the offence, and the offender’s criminal history.
Being found guilty of fraudulent appropriation can have severe consequences beyond the immediate penalties imposed by the court. These may include:
Fraudulent appropriation is a serious offence in Victoria, carrying significant penalties and consequences for those found guilty. It involves the dishonest use or appropriation of property or money with the intention to temporarily deprive the owner of its possession. The court process can be complex and lengthy, and if you are charged with a fraudulent appropriation offence, it is highly recommended to seek legal advice from a qualified professional to understand your rights and options.