The client was charged with Centrelink fraud on the basis of under-reporting income over a 4 year period.
The client was working casually while receiving Centrelink benefits. He then obtained a second casual job but only reported his earnings for his first job.
The client expressed a significant amount of remorse in relation to the charges. He understood that he would need to repay the extra entitlements he had received and a payment plan was developed.
At Court, we made submissions in relation to the client’s personal circumstances – in particular that he was studying to be a nurse and any conviction would be extremely detrimental to him. The Court was satisfied that a conviction would not be appropriate and sentenced the client to a good behavior bond without conviction.