Centrelink recipient lies about her circumstances
Relevant impacts: Financial impact and business impact
A welfare recipient received Centrelink benefits to which she was not entitled by claiming she was single when she was in a de facto relationship. The recipient lied to Centrelink about her circumstances on a number of occasions in order to keep the fraud going. These lies resulted in her receiving:
- $19,589.47 in Newstart Allowance
- $66,123.82 in the Parenting Payment (Single)
- $3,525.62 in the Pensioner Education Supplement.
The woman was found guilty of 5 counts of fraud under the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) and sentenced to 2 years in prison.