Fighting Fraud Charges: Legal Representation for a Medical Practice Manager
Ian*, a medical practice manager, was charged with fraud after falsely claiming money from Medicare. Ian had made over $220,000 in fraudulent claims over a period of nearly six years by lodging multiple false Medicare claims.
An aggravating feature to the Commonwealth offending is that Ian was in a position of trust (a medical practice manager) when the crimes were committed.
It’s worth noting that Ian had previously been convicted of similar offences.
During the period that some of the Commonwealth offending occurred, Ian was subject to a good behaviour bond for earlier dishonesty offences.
Maximum Penalty for: Obtain a Financial Advantage By Deception
This offence is found in section 134.2 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code.
(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person, by a deception, dishonestly obtains a financial advantage from another person; and
(b) the other person is a Commonwealth entity.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 10 years and/or a fine of $66,000.
(2) Absolute liability applies to the paragraph (1)(b) element of the offence.
Client receives light sentence despite previous dishonesty offences
O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors were able to help Ian get a lighter sentence. Ian was sentenced to a total of 2 years and 9 months in jail, with a non-parole period of 10 months. After that, Ian will be released on recognisance (parole to Community Corrections) and will also have to pay $200.
Defend Yourself Against Criminal Charges with O'Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors
At O’Brien Solicitors, we’re dedicated to helping clients charged with a range of offences, including those related to fraud and dishonesty. If you’re seeking legal advice or representation, trust us to provide expert guidance and support.
*Names have been changed for client confidentiality