A woman was placed on a good behaviour bond and ordered to repay an outstanding $5208.73 from a $14,208.73 Centrelink fraud.
Nanjing Night Net

Dubbo Local Court heard Kristy Liza Bugden went 26 fortnights where she earned $37,000 and “did not declare a cent” to Centrelink.

She was before the court yesterday for sentence after pleading guilty to three offences of receiving financial advantage from a Commonwealth entity at an earlier occasion.

Bugden’s legal representative said her client had realised she was receiving more than she was entitled to when she discussed it with her family, and as a consequence, presented herself to Centrelink to tell them.

The court heard there had been two other occasions before this one when she had incorrectly declared her income.

Magistrate Howard Hamilton said Bugden “still failed to grasp the criminality” of her behaviour.

He placed her on a $1000, 12-month good behaviour bond and ordered her to pay

reparation costs as well as $79 court costs.

Magistrate Howard also warned Bugden that if she came back before the court for similar matters, her likely punishment would be jail.

In an unrelated matter, Natasha Taylor pleaded guilty in Dubbo Local Court to two counts of shoplifting.

A pre-sentence report was ordered and the matter was adjourned until August 23 for sentence.

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