Fraudster's fate unknown

By Sandra Conchie


A Te Puke man who falsely claimed more than $20,000 in welfare payments over more than two years by failing to tell the truth about his wife's work status will be sentenced next month.

Sickness beneficiary Anthony John Clarke, 49, pleaded guilty to three charges of obtaining by deception and 10 charges of dishonestly using a document for pecuniary advantage in Tauranga District Court yesterday.

The summary of facts revealed that on nine occasions between January 26, 2009 and January 26, 2011, Clarke falsely stated on benefit review forms and extra benefit support applications that his wife was not working.

His fraud was uncovered through information matching between Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Social Development.

Their efforts revealed that Clarke's wife had worked for three different companies at various periods between December 29, 2008 and May 15 last year.

The total overpayment of sickness benefit, training benefit, temporary additional support and accommodation supplement amounts to $20,397.20.

Clarke, who is on bail, is due to be sentenced on October 23.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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