Mother escapes jail for fraud
A CHINDERAH mother received a suspended jail sentence and must repay thousands of dollars, after ripping more than $18,000 off Centrelink in Parenting Payments she was not entitled too because she was working at a Centrelink office.
Kelly Anne Gilmore, 38, also known as Kelly Brittan, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to the charge of obtaining a financial advantage from the Commonwealth agency while she was in receipt of an income.
In facts before the court, it was stated that Gilmore defrauded the Commonwealth between August 2004 and July 2006 when she was overpaid $18,506 at a time when she was employed by Centrelink.
The charge relates to five offences that took place during 47 payment fortnights.
During the time of offending Gilmore received intermittent payments of the allowance after failing to inform Centrelink of her income or under-declaring it.
Her offences were detected during a Centrelink review and Gilmore resigned her Centrelink job.
As at January 25 this year, Gilmore had repaid some of the over-payments.
Magistrate Robyn Denes convicted her of the offence and sentenced her to serve a nine-month jail sentence, immediately suspended on condition the Tweed woman enter a three-year good behaviour bond supervised by Probation Services.
Gilmore was also ordered to repay the more than $17,000 still outstanding.