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2013 flood ‘victim’ faces court, tripped up with lies

TAMIKA Joan Meredith claimed she was a Rockhampton flood victim in 2013 so she could get $3400.

Yesterday, she paid a hefty price for lying to the government.

Meredith, 37, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to providing false information to the government.

The court heard Meredith applied for a Commonwealth Government Disaster Relief Fund through Centrelink's online service for not being able to return to her residency in Kawana due to the 2013 floods. She received $3400 on February 14.

Meredith claimed that due to the road closures on Carlton St she was unable to return to her residence.

It was later discovered however that Meredith had lied and that her residence had not been closed to traffic.

Meredith's actions were described to the court as very low.

She was sentenced to 120 hours' community service and reparation of $2385.28.




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