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Elderly woman gambles away fraudulent earnings

By GnT - 13 September 2007 24

A 73 year old Queanbeyan woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding Centrelink of over $370,000 using three names, which she spent on the pokies.

According to the ABC, she “changed her last name to avoid being contacted by her violent ex-husband and was then being paid by Centrelink under both names. She said she did not notify anyone because she was terrified of going to jail.”

And the poor old woman must have accidently registered a third name and forgotten to tell anyone. Please!

I wonder how much her sob story will affect her sentence?

UPDATED: The scammer is in the slammer – sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

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Elderly woman gambles away fraudulent earnings
Felix the Cat 10:36 pm 10 Sep 07

There was an interesting story about pokie addicts on Four Corners earlier tonight. Transcript here –

Kramer 8:36 pm 09 Sep 07

Actually, the Macquarie Dictionary, which is generally regarded as the leading authority on Australian English, lists two alternate spellings.

English is a changing language. Those of you who insist on gaol are old-fashioned – get with the program!

pptvb 1:49 pm 08 Sep 07

I noticed same during “Border Patrol’, or whatever it’s called,the other night!
Damn you Microsoft spellcheck!

pptvb 1:47 pm 08 Sep 07

When did the ABC stop spelling “gaol” correctly ?

gingermick 6:12 pm 07 Sep 07

FC – Qbn Courts have been known to inflict capital punishment.

Ozhair 10:15 am 07 Sep 07

Bloody senile deliquents…

But I agree with GnT. Two names registered, okay, maybe a mistake. But how the hell does she justify registering under a third name?

che 8:55 am 07 Sep 07

At least she didn’t murder other people for their dole money ala Snowtown

Thumper 8:07 am 07 Sep 07

When grannies go bad….

What is society coming to? Grannies on the streets mugging legitimate drug dealers. Hanging around in seedy clubs gambling. Smoking and drinking whilst harassing young innocent club goers. Running black bingo markets at Trash and Treasure on Sundays…..

What have we become….

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 7:59 am 07 Sep 07

Look, she almost certainly gambled it all away. The point I was making, however, stands: claiming that you’ve ‘gambled it all away’ is a convenient way of not having to produce the funds.

Felix the Cat 5:40 pm 06 Sep 07

She SAYS she gambled it all away.

Have you ever been to the Tradies Club at Dickson late at night (and even early morning) on a pension week? It’s blue rinse city in the poker machine and bingo area. For a lot of the oldies it’s their only form of entertainment.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 4:41 pm 06 Sep 07

Q. What’s noisy and smells like dog food?
A. A pensioner’s fart.

Mr Evil 4:33 pm 06 Sep 07

$370 000 would buy a hell of a lot of dog food and incontinence pads!

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 4:18 pm 06 Sep 07

She SAYS she gambled it all away. I would too if I’d successfully snuck 370k out. In reality it would be conveniently hidden somewhere in non-cash form (perhaps gold bullion, bought under a fake identity).

FC 4:08 pm 06 Sep 07

Ha! I love a good “Bad granny” story.
I would normally expect that she would get off on it, being so old and with the “gambling addiction” defence, but I don’t know much about the Qbyn courts.
Does anyone know if they are similiar to the ACT Courts (ie. can anyone get away with blue murder)

hingo 4:08 pm 06 Sep 07

Straight to hell for this old duck!

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