A former Mildura barrister has avoided a conviction for forging his wife’s signature to make and use false documents.
Ballarat Magistrates Court, in central Victoria, heard Graeme Jackson, 56, set up a company in 1992 to act as a family trust.
He made his then wife Kerryn the director and secretary of the company but did not tell her.
Between 1994 and 2001 he received her tax returns, forged her signature and deposited them on the family home loan.
Jackson pleaded guilty to two counts of making a false document and five counts of using a false document.
The prosecution urged magistrate Peter Couzens to fine and convict Jackson, but his defence lawyer, Ian Hills QC, said his high profile client had already suffered enough through humiliation.
Mr Couzens fined Jackson $5,000 without conviction.