Deception and Fraud

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We are experienced in dealing with all types of theft, robbery, deception and fraud offences.  If you are a suspect or are charged with any of these offences, you should seek our advice.  Timely legal advice can have a major effect on how your matter proceeds.  We have experienced trial counsel equipped to contest charges at trial or if you decide to plead guilty our experience will put you in the best position possible to receive a just outcome in the Courts.


The offence of deception which was enacted in 2003 replaces many other offences formerly known as Fraud.

It is an offence to deceive someone in order to dishonestly benefit another person or dishonestly cause a detriment to someone.  

The 2003 offences include several circumstance specific offences which may be prosecuted including: dishonestly dealing with documents; dishonestly manipulating a machine; dishonest exploitation of a position of advantage; dishonest interference with merchandise and making off without payment.


The maximum penalty for deception is imprisonment for 10 years or 15 years for aggravated offences.  See s139 of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935.