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LEGAL AID QUEENSLAND ACT 1997 - SECT 84

Offence of misrepresentation

84 Offence of misrepresentation

(1) A person must not, without reasonable excuse, in applying for legal assistance
(a) make a false or misleading statement; or
(b) give Legal Aid a document that is false or misleading in a material particular.
Penalty—
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units or 3 months imprisonment.
(2) A charge under subsection (1) may allege a statement or document is false or misleading, without specifying which.
(3) An applicant for legal assistance, or a legally assisted person, must not, with intent to deceive or mislead Legal Aid, withhold relevant information the person is required to give Legal Aid under this Act.
Penalty—
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units or 3 months imprisonment.
(4) If—
(a) a legally assisted person is convicted of an offence against subsection (1) or (2) in relation to the person’s application for legal assistance; and
(b) Legal Aid incurred an expense in giving the assistance;
the court may, in addition to imposing a penalty for the offence, order the person to pay the amount of the expense to Legal Aid.



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