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Failing to lodge a tax return can result in criminal charges, a criminal record and even a jail sentence.

The offence of goods in custody is committed if a person has anything in their custody which may reasonably be suspected of being stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained.

Fraud offences in NSW have recently undergone reform. Until recently, there existed a large number of fraud offences. The recent changes have introduced a new general fraud offence under Section 192E of the Crimes Act 1900.

Centrelink Fraud involves intentionally obtaining money not entitled to from Centrelink. It is an offence that is treated seriously by the courts. Penalties range from 12 months to 10 years imprisonment.