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Media Statement: Discontinuance of conspiracy charge against Mr Harun Causevic

25 Aug 2015

On 20 April 2015, police from the Melbourne Joint Counter Terrorism Team charged Mr Harun Causevic with one count of conspiring to do an act in preparation or planning for a terrorist act, contrary to sections 11.5 and s.101.6 of the Criminal Code (Cth). Following the service of a police brief of evidence, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) conducted an independent ...

Record sentence for head administrator of paedophile site

7 Aug 2015

Former South Australian public servant, 33-year-old Shannon Grant McCoole was today sentenced to a benchmark record of 35 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 28 years for his lead role sharing child pornography material on a global child abuse internet website. In May 2014 the Queensland Police Service (QPS) received additional information from its Danish counterparts in respect of ...

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Tan Dai Green Grocer sentenced to 25 years gaol for drug offences

26 Jun 2015

The Director of a Melbourne based Asian green grocer, Suky Lieu, was today sentenced to 25 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 18 years for his role as a principal offender in the trafficking of significant quantities of controlled drugs in Australia and the laundering of large sums of money. Lieu was also convicted and sentenced for conspiring to import commercial quantities of ...

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Senior drug criminal lands another 18 years in gaol

23 Jun 2015

Major drug criminal, 48-year-old Melbourne man Rob Karam, was today sentenced in the County Court of Victoria to an additional 18 years imprisonment for trafficking at least 336,906 ecstasy tablets, conspiring to possess 150kg of cocaine and conspiring to import 100kg of pseudoephedrine in 2008. Added to his previous sentence for his part in a major drug syndicate which conspired to possess ...

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Pension cheat gaoled

28 May 2015

A 70-year-old Queensland woman was today sentenced to two years and six months imprisonment for collecting her dead mother’s pension for nearly 20 years and defrauding the Australian community of $254,440. She will serve six months of the sentence before being released on a recognisance to be of good behaviour for a period of 18 months. The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) ...

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Organiser of asylum seeker boats gaoled

21 May 2015

Iraqi national, 43-year-old Sayed Omeid was sentenced on 20 May 2015 to ten years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of six and a half years for his role as an organiser of two asylum seeker boats carrying a total of 555 passengers from Indonesia to Christmas Island in 2001. The first vessel, Flinders arrived at Christmas Island, Western Australia on 25 March 2001 with 196 passengers and ...

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Alert: Hoax phone calls continuing to target Australians

10 May 2015

Members of the public are continuing to receive phone calls supposedly from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) requesting people to contact the Office in relation to a tax fraud warrant – ultimately seeking people to deposit money into a bank account, to send it overseas or attend a post office and put money on a Deposit Card. The calls suggest that your home is under ...

Serious tax offenders brought to justice

22 Apr 2015

There are currently close to 100 serious criminal tax offence matters before the courts across the country. This is a result of government agencies working together to catch tax offenders and bring them to justice. Serious fraud offences that go before the courts include use of falsified invoices to claim deductions not entitled to, GST refund fraud, excise fraud (alcohol and fuel tax credit ...

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Million dollar tax fraudster gaoled for seven years

30 Mar 2015

Former senior bank employee, 45-year-old Marius Anton Ackerman, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment with a non-parole period of four years for taxation fraud and ordered to pay $1,104,565.40 in reparation for defrauding Australian tax payers of $1.174million.

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Alert: Hoax CDPP phone calls

25 Mar 2015

Unsolicited phone calls have been reported to this Office by members of the public. Calls received claim to be from the Canberra Office of the CDPP. The call appears to be a pre-recorded message requesting people to contact ‘the office in relation to a tax fraud warrant’.

Insider traders KAMAY and HILL—now inside gaol

17 Mar 2015

Former banker, 26-year-old Lukas Kamay and ex Australian Bureau of Statistics worker, 25-year-old Christopher Hill have both been sentenced to significant gaol terms for their roles in what is one of the biggest insider trading cases in Australian history—worth over $7million in illegal foreign exchange trades.

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Credit card skimmer and money launderer gaoled

4 Mar 2015

A 31 year old Romanian man—a tech-savvy criminal— was sentenced to seven years imprisonment with a non-parole period of three and a half years for extracting cash from foreign bank accounts using cloned ATM cards and then arranging for $636,775AUD to be sent overseas.

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Tax cheat who defrauded the Australian Community over $332k has sentence increased

12 Feb 2015

39 year old Perth man has been resentenced and his term of imprisonment increased to three and a half years with a requirement to serve twenty one months in custody for defrauding the Australian community of $332,646. The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) successfully argued on appeal that Mr Craig Host’s previous sentence of two years with release after eight months, was ...

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GST fraud leads to gaol

17 Nov 2014

An Adelaide man who dishonestly obtained $130,143 from the Commonwealth has been sentenced to 2 years and 8 months imprisonment, following prosecution by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP). This matter was investigated and referred by the Australian Taxation Office.

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Two years in gaol for migration fraud

14 Nov 2014

Bangladeshi national, KH Faisal Alam, was today sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, to be released on recognizance after serving 10 months, for his part in a migration fraud, following prosecution by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP).

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Bankrupt gaoled for disposal of assets

13 Nov 2014

Prosecution by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) results in eight months gaol for Hobart man who dealt with $55,000 before filing for bankruptcy.

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2013 – 14 Annual Report

17 Oct 2014

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Annual Report 2013-14 was tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament on 17 October 2014. The report is now available online in PDF and ePub formats and will soon be available in HTML format. Section 33(1) of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 requires that the Director of Public Prosecutions shall, as soon as practicable after 30 June each ...

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