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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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Woody Mann-Caruso 4:02 pm 13 Sep 07

Well, to be fair to Amber, she did kill an *old* woman. She probably wasn’t even paying taxes anymore.

Ralph 12:48 pm 13 Sep 07

Yes, plus there are precedents for welfare fraud involving jail/gaol time.

Mr Evil 12:23 pm 13 Sep 07

NSW vs ACT sentencing?

Thumper 12:16 pm 13 Sep 07

VY has a very good point.

A dollar value has now been placed on a death.

how tragic….

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