Sentences were handed down to two people today for WorkCover fraud worth almost $ 35,000. The Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce said that the sentences handed down send a clear message that this type of deceit will never be tolerated.
A 48-year-old man from Green Point has been required to serve 200 hours of community service and repay over $ 19,000 after pleading guilty to claiming compensation payments whilst employed in other positions.
A 55-year-old woman from Sydney has been fined $ 6000 and ordered to repay almost $ 14,000 after pleading guilty to claiming compensation payments while holding down two other jobs.
Mr Pearce said that the penalties are clear warning that offences like these will be treated seriously and will not be tolerated.
“This type of deceit is effectively stealing from the taxpayer and from a system designed to help injured workers recover and get back into the workforce as soon as practicable,” said Mr Pearce.
“It’s essential and expected that all those who use the WorkCover scheme are honest so it can be affordable and look after those it’s designed to protect.
“These sentences also show the penalties for WorkCover fraud are tough not only for the person convicted but also for their families, as the money has to be paid back.
“WorkCover has a system in place to protect the scheme from this type of fraud and these sentences should serve as a warning to anyone considering cheating the system that it’s just not worth it,” he said.