In October 2021, our client was charged with 28 counts of dishonestly obtain a financial advantage by deception, contrary to section 192E(1)(b) of the Crimes Act 1900. Each of these offences carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.
Our criminal lawyers engaged in negotiations with the prosecution, resulting in all of the fraud charges being withdrawn and replaced with two less serious charges of dealing with property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime, contrary to section 193C(1) and (2) of the Crimes Act 1900. The total value of the property was over $175,000.
In June 2022, Hanna Legal represented our client at an application for him to be diverted pursuant to section 14 of the Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Act 2020 at the Gosford Local Court.
The application was successful and our client was conditionally discharged on the basis that he comply with a treatment plan prepared by a psychiatrist.