7 March 2006

Tracey Lee Buggy takes Centrelink fraud to new heights.

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The Canberra Times has an amazing tale about Tracey Lee Buggy, 36, of Halfrey Circuit, Wanniassa who, despite having (with her husband) assets worth $2.3 million and a combined gross income of $250,000, managed to pry $73,000 out of Centrelink between 1997 and 2004.

Buggy said she thought if she had a nice home and car, and the image of “having it all”, the pain from three marriages, a family suicide and other personal crises would go away. She agreed she thought money would cure everything, but it had not.

Sentencing is 28 March. Speaking entirely hypothetically, what kind of sentence would you like to see?

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Hmm, that last sentence came out wrong – it’s the punishment they deserve, not the extra money they swindle out of the welfare system. Perhaps it should have said “… deserve whatever punishment they get and more”. Stoopid.

I agree with Jube’s first suggestion – never another government payment. And I would add that on top of the gaol term.

While the main problem is that she defrauded honest taxpayers, these type of actions hurt honest welfare recipients and Centrelink office staff as well. Fraud is being taken very seriously, and everybody is scrutinised closely. This means people who need, deserve, and are trying to get welfare payments have to jump through a dozen hoops to get them, which can be quite demoralising. Not to mention the fact that under such strict conditions mistakes are often made, resulting in hardship. Frustrations at these situations often boil over in Centrelink offices with Centrelink staff being sometimes threatened, spat on, etc. I can think of better conditions to work under.

In summary, people who purposely cheat on welfare deserve what they get and more.

She should be banned from all Govt benefits for life, including Medicare, pension, family tax benefit, health care care cards, etc, etc regardless of the situation she ends up in.

She should also be made to repay the fraudulently claimed money, but at credit card interest rates.

She needs a reality check in the form of being around people who are really doing it tough, and who should have been getting the money that she spent on cars etc. I”m not sure how to do it though. Perhaps she should have to visit a family every week and cook for them, with a 10.00 budget for the meal – then stay for tea. Hard to organise though – who would want her..

Make her live off what us students have to live off a week. THEN she should appreciate money. Tsk Tsk.

I can think of two point three million reasons why this person should be used as the token display of judiciary powers being used to the fullest extent.

I would hazard a guess that she was probably in bloody well public housing as well.

One of our great abilities as a society is our capacity to inform people that what they are doing is not welcome within our society. Unfortunately I believe that skill has been lost in recent times, and I can’t think of a more pertinent time to resurrect that skill.

No matter which way I look at this situation, I see a bludger. 2 MILLION DOLLARS is too big an amount of money to ‘forget’, ‘not know about’, or otherwise plead ignorance of.

Full Extent of the Law for this bitch and her offspring.

Yeah; part of me says “Cruel and unusual”, another part of me says “Well, you should have thought of that before you defrauded the Commonwealth”.

The media have acted as a kind of stocks. Ms Buggy’s name has been pretty much blackend (and not unjustifiably).

She’ll be fined and given a suspended sentence.

You know i’ve always thought the stocks were actually a better than average form of public punishment for minor crimes.

Works to social capital.

A quiet month in prison or weekend detention has nothing on the social humiliation of public display.

Hypothetically, eh…

The Stocks?

No, she should be made to work with those less fortunate and live with them for 12 months+.

Let her live on the street to see how people really do struggle.

Then, make her pay the amount back + interest.

off to the pokey.

I suggest a huge fine on top of repaying the amount owed. She can obviously afford it.

2 years unpaid work on the customer service/complaints counter/phoneline at her local Centrelink Office would be good punishment.


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