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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….

So we’re prepared to put away an elderly woman who knocks off a few bucks, but a young woman who gets high, drives without a license and kills someone gets a slap on the wrist? Nice.

Mr Evil 11:46 am 13 Sep 07

I hope she suffers.

philbert83au 10:58 am 13 Sep 07

Now I’ll have to rewatch Prisoner to appreciate life of the aging in a women’s prison.

hingo 10:36 am 13 Sep 07

Now instead of being afraid of her ex-husband, she can be afraid of dropping the soap

fnaah 10:12 am 13 Sep 07

The quality of ABC’s press releases has been getting worse – I note about three errors a day on their RSS feed.

Felix the Cat 10:36 pm 10 Sep 07

There was an interesting story about pokie addicts on Four Corners earlier tonight. Transcript here – http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2007/s2026156.htm

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….

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.

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

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