Jail for welfare rip-off
A BUNDABERG woman who ripped off Centrelink for nearly $50,000 has been jailed for two years.
Jaime Jean Schloss, 31, pleaded guilty in the Bundaberg District Court on Thursday to collecting a single parent payment for six years, while she was living as part of a couple.
She received $46,861 between 2003 and 2008.
Judge Keith Dodds sentenced her to a two-year jail term, with a parole date set after Schloss has served four months.
Centrelink general manager Hank Jongen said the public had a right to be angered by those who defrauded the welfare system.
“This is effectively ripping off the taxpayer and the message from this sentence is clear – if you commit welfare fraud, the system will catch up with you,” he said.