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.



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