A case of misrepresentation: social security fraud and the criminal justice system in Australia

Marston, Gregory J. and Walsh, Tamara K. E. (2008) A case of misrepresentation: social security fraud and the criminal justice system in Australia. Griffith Law Review, 17 1: 285-300. doi:10.1080/10383441.2008.10854611

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Author Marston, Gregory J.
Walsh, Tamara K. E.
Title A case of misrepresentation: social security fraud and the criminal justice system in Australia
Journal name Griffith Law Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-3441
1839-4205
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10383441.2008.10854611
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 285
End page 300
Total pages 16
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Taylor & Francis Australasia
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this article we examine the extent of social security fraud in Australia and the sentencing outcomes for a sample of social security recipients prosecuted in two magistrates’ courts in Queensland. What the empirical study illustrates is that the characteristics of those prosecuted for social security fraud challenge the media driven stereotype of the organised criminal willingly defrauding the government for large sums of money. In terms of sentencing outcomes, we conclude that people prosecuted for welfare fraud have a high conviction rate and may lack independent legal representation. In the final analysis, we make an argument for examining the issue of social security fraud in the context of labour market changes and levels of poverty and shifting social security policy objectives.
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