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A bit beyond your average mental health day

toriness 9 October 2008 15

This guy has really raised the bar in the sickies department – and he’s a local member of the APS!

    A Commonwealth public servant’s habit of forging doctors’ certificates to take days off work was only discovered by his bosses after he went too far and faked having lung cancer.

    The ACT Magistrates Court heard yesterday that the Department of Education and Workplace Relations became suspicious of its employee Ben Lyons in September 2006 when a concerned colleague tried to visit the 26-year-old’s bedside, only to find that no hospital in Canberra had heard of the man.

    The court ordered Lyons to refund more than $3000 in sickness benefits he was paid by the department and he was convicted of three counts of falsely obtaining financial advantage by supplying forged doctors’ certificates.

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15 Responses to A bit beyond your average mental health day
worecraft worecraft 8:16 pm 09 Oct 08

Wot a moron. His relationship with his supervisor might have been bad but at least someone took the time out to see if he was orright (much to his chagrin in the end) – wot did he expect the outcome to be?

Faking lung cancer…!!C’mon….its a small town people..yer gonna get caught.

These types give public servants a bad name AND make ’em look stoopid.

He should have had his lawyers name – Toole.. (See Canberra Times article –

astrojax astrojax 6:02 pm 09 Oct 08

or bunbury…

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 1:49 pm 09 Oct 08

Made up family members are just as good. Especially ones who live in Sydney.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:32 pm 09 Oct 08

If you have to do a cancer one, say a family member has it and you have to go see them.

I’d even avoid that one! Unless you want to temp fate with a family member!

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 1:02 pm 09 Oct 08

Never fake the cancer. Sickie 101.

If you have to do a cancer one, say a family member has it and you have to go see them.

Granny Granny 10:48 am 09 Oct 08


wishuwell wishuwell 10:45 am 09 Oct 08

I worked with someone who did similar things . Got caught out when he provided a certificate dated 25th-31st Feb.

Granny Granny 10:44 am 09 Oct 08

Just goes to show the value to society of the caring individual!


tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 10:39 am 09 Oct 08

One word…KARMA!

Thumper Thumper 10:35 am 09 Oct 08

The word ‘tool’ leapt straight into my head.

PBO PBO 10:34 am 09 Oct 08

OMG what a loser.

MrMagoo MrMagoo 10:25 am 09 Oct 08

What a tool, it’s peope like him that reinforce the stereotypical view of the APS.

rosie_bubz rosie_bubz 10:01 am 09 Oct 08

I wanna know why he needed the time off – publc servants only work half the year anyway.

But seriously, that is a big risk to take for only 3 weeks off….

la mente torbida la mente torbida 9:49 am 09 Oct 08

Be careful what you wish for…

FC FC 9:47 am 09 Oct 08


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