Fraudster caught by tax data match
IT might seem easy to obtain extra benefit payments from the government, but sooner or later you will get caught like Rockhampton’s Jason Scott Morley.
He started lodging forms for Newstart allowance and Austudy in April 2004 without declaring his income and in February 2009 his cover was blown.
Over 49 fortnight periods Morley, 36, received an extra $10,390 than what he was entitled to.
An Australian Tax Office data match detected his dishonesty.
On Wednesday, Morley pleaded guilty to his crime in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court.
He was charged with two counts of obtaining a financial advantage.
He was required to lodge forms fortnightly with his income, but he only ever declared it once.
It’s not the first time Morley has acted dishonestly, he has two previous convictions of fraud in his criminal history.
However ever since Morley was caught out, he has made outstanding efforts to pay the money back.
He has been paying $100 each week back to the government, only leaving a balance of $5868 outstanding.
Morley, who is newly married, told the government when he first attempted to lodge his first form an office worker at Centrelink Rockhampton told him he wasn’t earning enough to worry about it.
But the court heard that advice was unlikely to be given.
Morley is currently receiving no government benefits.
He was sentenced to complete 180 hours of community service and ordered to continue paying back his outstanding money.