Fraud & Identity Theft Offences

Arrested and Charged with a Fraud or Identity Theft Offence in Victoria?

We have put together a brief overview of Criminal Fraud & Identity Theft Offences and associated Victorian Law. For more information on this matter you can visit or you call us for advice at any time, our phone line is open 24 hours a day.

Types of Criminal Fraud & Identity Theft Offences


  • Deception related charges including:
    • Obtain Property by Deception
    • Obtain Financial Advantage by Deception
  • Identity Fraud
  • Fraud
    • Work Cover
    • Centrelink
    • Traffic Accident Commission (TAC)
  • Falsification of Documents
  • Money Laundering

 Criminal Fraud & Identity Theft – Court & Penalties


» Criminal Fraud & Identity Theft Cases are heard in the Magistrates Court or if they are of a more serious nature, the County Court.

» Depending on the seriousness of the charge the penalties can range from a Small Fine to Criminal Convictions and Jail Sentences.

» Our Criminal Defence Solicitors are experienced in defending a range of Fraud & Identity Theft Charges in both the Magistrates Court and the County Court.

You Might Want to Know.......

Is Fraud considered a General Offence or a Serious Offence?

Fraud charges can be either a) a Summary Offence or b) an Indictable Offence.

Summary Offences are considered not as serious as indictable offences, and are heard in the local Magistrates Court.

What is the maximum penalty that can be imposed for Fraud or Deception Charges?

Serious Fraud or Obtaining Property by Deception Offences can carry a maximum imprisonment term of 10 years as per Crimes Act 1958 Sect 81, 82, 83.

Important Information

If you are found guilty and convicted of a serious Fraud Offence you may face a jail term of up to 10 years. Obtaining Property by Deception, Identity Theft and similar convictions can make it difficult to gain employment. It important that your lawyer is experienced in defending these matters. If you are facing charges for Fraud or Deception arrange an appointment with us today or you can call us for advice about urgent criminal matters 24 hours a day on 03) 9781 4900

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