Yet another story of credit card fraud has reached news portals in our country. The work load of the Australian Military Court has been increasing since fraud through the plastic fantastic have become more standard.
Crackdown on credit card fraud:
A senior aircraft maintenance officer in the Middle East has been dismissed from his job thanks to a recent crackdown in the case of drug abuse in the Military. Starting October 2007, the AMC has referred 212 cases for trial; of which 171 matters have been finalised. Eight had to be listed for trial until two days ago and 33 of them are awaiting further action with the court registrar.
All in all, 19 appeals have resulted from hearings. These are made by commanding officers. Out of them, 11 have been finalised.
John Falkner, Defence Minister said 40 per cent of all cases involved the misuse of the Defence Travel Card. The rest is made up from assaults, acts of indecency and theft.
One of the more notorious cases involved “Z”. The former sailor had a six-month sentence overturned by the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal due to “providing exceptional assistance the authorities.”
Senator Faulkner also said that some of the more serious charges have resulted in guilt pleas, while others haven’t.
He also cited three cases involved the misuse of a Commonwealth credit card and involving cash amounts under $1000. “Z”, who pleaded guilty to 128 counts of credit card fraud of a Diners Club credit card to the tune of $31,608 was not mentioned by Falkner. The appeal tribunal stated “Z” had developed a serious drug habit.
Source: The Australian