In February 2006 a Commonwealth cross agency taskforce was set up to combat international tax evasion which posed a serious threat to the integrity of Australia’s tax and other regulatory systems.
Project Wickenby as a joint project designed to enhance the strategies and capabilities of Australian and international agencies to collectively detect, deter and deal with international tax avoidance and evasion. It is also designed to improve community confidence in Australian regulatory systems, particularly confidence that steps are taken to address serious non-compliance with tax laws and to reform of administrative practice, policy and legislation.
Project Wickenby formally ended on 30 June 2015. It was the largest tax evasion investigation in Australia’s history and resulted in $2.29 billion in tax liabilities raised and $985.67 million in outstanding revenue recouped.
The CDPP played a vital role in the project through the prosecution of offences which arise out of investigations conducted under the taskforce.
Commonly Used Offences
- s.134.2 Criminal Code – dishonestly obtaining a financial benefit by deception;
- s.135.1(5) Criminal Code – dishonestly causing a loss or a risk of a loss to the Commonwealth;
- s.135.4(3) Criminal Code – conspiracy to cause a loss or a risk of a loss to the Commonwealth;
- ss.400.3-400.6 Criminal Code – money laundering offences.
The maximum penalties for those offences are as follows:
- s.134.2 Criminal Code – 10 years imprisonment;
- s.135.1(5) Criminal Code – 5 years imprisonment;
- s.135.4(3) Criminal Code – 10 years imprisonment;
- ss.400.3-400.6 Criminal Code – range from 2 years to 25 years imprisonment.
The CDPP provides sentencing data to the Commonwealth Sentencing Database (CSD). Permission to access the CSD can be obtained at http://njca.com.au/sentencing/ .
- R v Glyn Morgan Jones; R v Anthony Joseph Hili  NSW CCA 108
- R v Anthony Joseph Hili; R v Glyn Morgan Jones  HCA 45
- Milne v R  NSWCCA 24
- R v Boughen; R v Cameron  NSWCCA 17
- R v Agius; R v Zerafa  NSWSC 978
- Agius v the Queen  HCA 27
- R v Lynette Liles  NSWSC 1249
- R v Paul John Gregory  VSCA 145
- R v Hargraves; R v Stoten  QCA 328
- R v Tatsuo Jo  QCA 356
- R v Steven Hawkins  NSWCCA 208
- R v Zerafa  NSWCCA 222
- Isbester v R  NSWCCA 230
- R v de Figueiredo  QCA303