Jail sentence for defrauding govt

SENTENCED to three months’ jail for defrauding the government over Centrelink payments, a Boambee woman will seek to prove her sentence is too severe.

Found guilty of receiving a financial advantage from a carriage service, Amanda Morrow, 33, will appeal the sentence in the Coffs Harbour District Court next month.

The jail term was handed down in the local court this week, where Morrow was also instructed by a magistrate to repay $7616.91 to the Federal Government and pay court costs.

The Australian Federal Police proved Morrow claimed a Newstart Allowance from Centrelink between 2004 and 2007, even though she was employed by Woolworths.

At the time of the offence she had been living at Moree.

Checks of her financial records found she was overpaid $8,926.41 before declaring her employment.

Pleading guilty to the charge, she was sentenced to serve three months behind bars.

After lodging her appeal, Morrow was granted conditional bail on the provisos she attends her next court appearance and reports to Coffs Harbour police on a daily basis.

A family member has posted $1000 surety on her behalf.

Morrow’s legal defence will appeal the severity of her sentence.

The case is set down for mention in the district court on July 26.



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