Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Centrelink Cheat Gets Community Service

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Centrelink Cheat Gets Community Service

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Byline: Chris Owen chris.owen@qtcn.com.au

A LOWOOD man claimed more than $12,000 in government benefits he was not entitled to because he said he didn't have enough money to pay his bills.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court last week, Michael John Neal pleaded guilty to three counts of obtaining financial advantage for self.

Commonwealth prosecutor Siobhan Stoddart said Neal had been under-declaring his income for about 18 months.

The 53-year-old had successfully applied for Newstart Allowance on January 13, 2010, on the basis he was unemployed.

However Neal had already found paid work at Fernvale Landscape Supplies about five days earlier.

For the next 39 fortnights, Ms Stoddart said Neal intentionally filed false declarations to claim benefits he wasn't eligible for. As a result he was overpaid $12,724.21

Ms Stoddart said Neal's gross income during the offending period had been calculated at $48,639.66.

The discrepancies were uncovered by data matching between Centrelink and the Australian Taxation Office. …

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