Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Welfare Fraud Busted; Pensioner Claimed Thousands

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Welfare Fraud Busted; Pensioner Claimed Thousands

Article excerpt

A DISABLED man ripped more than $35,000 off taxpayers in an act of welfare fraud that went unnoticed for almost four years, Ipswich District Court heard this week.

Danny Quays, 38, deceptively claimed benefits under two names, just a few months after changing his name by deed poll.

The court was told that Quays - then known as Tawil Eesa - was involved in a serious car accident in 1998, resulting in him qualifying for a Centrelink disability support pension.

He changed his name to Danny Quays on January 20, 2002, and by June 24 that year, was collecting a Newstart allowance under that name - in addition to the disability pension claimed under his birth name.

Crown prosecutor Son Nguyen told the court Quays also failed to notify Centrelink of a domestic relationship which would have affected his payments.

By the time Federal Police caught up with Quays, he'd wrongly claimed $36, 945.70.

Quays previously entered a plea of guilty to one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception. …

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