In cases involving fraud, dishonesty and other theft offences, these crimes are covered under the Criminal Consolidation Act 1935.
There are many instances that an offender can commit fraud, dishonesty and other theft offences under the law. These include assuming a false identity or pretending to have specific qualifications with the intention to commit a serious criminal offence.
In a fraud, in could mean the use of another person’s identification or information intending to commit a serious crime. It becomes a serious crime because there is an intention to defraud another person, and gain from said activity.
It could also mean the production or possession of materials that could make a person assume a false identity or an exercise of a false right of ownership, which could be used for criminal purposes. Today, this offence is taken seriously because of the use of the modern technology like the computers and other sophisticated gadgets.
In various states, it includes multiple crimes that include dishonesty, manipulation of documents to be used for fraud or dishonesty. Examples of this dishonest crimes are offences involving the opening of bank accounts, gaining unauthorized access to computer accounts or simply impersonating a police officer.
These crimes include from simple theft to money laundering, dishonesty in dealing with documents. Under this scope, are also cases involving dishonesty in the manipulation of machines and the dishonest exploitation of a position of advantage.
These offences are also covered under the Commonwealth Criminal Code that also includes obtaining financial advantage or property by deception, forgery, conspiracy to defraud, using false documents and even falsification of documents.
In fraud and dishonesty offences, the scope is wide. This is due to the broad legislative changes, which is enacted by the multi-level approach of the Australian government to resolve issues involving numerous societal issues such as money laundering, new technology related offences and other related issues. The government is now conscious on these fraud offences because it can affect the economy of the offended parties as well as it has effects on the wider sector when it comes to economic fraud involving huge sums of money such as in cases of money laundering.
In crimes of fraud and dishonesty, there are categories concerning these crimes:
First, the so-called traditional fraud. It is the kind of fraud, which is done knowingly and willingly with an intention to take advantage of someone. This means committing fraud with the intention of acquiring gain. In commonwealth fraud, these are dishonesty crimes, which may appear to overlap with state criminal laws. The we have the technology fraud, which is now widely covered in many states and territories. This refers to dishonesty crimes with the use of computers, which is really getting rampant and serious, because this can create a wide range of effects especially that a majority of the populace rely on computer technology in their every day activities.
Therefore, it is now urged that if you are aware of fraud or dishonesty crimes, then it is important to report the incident immediately.
Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.