Australia has one of the most generous welfare programs in the world. Although you’re unlikely to hear that from the socialist left-wing, who argue for ever more handouts for all.
But alongside Australia’s generous aid package for those in need, comes an unfortunate tendency by the unscrupulous to steal from the system.
And it’s happening far more often than you might think.
The alarming number of Aussie’s cheating the system
According to the AAP, more than 70 people are caught ripping off the welfare system each day. Most of the offenders are falsely claiming to be single so they’ll get higher payments.
At least 26,000 people were busted for making false claims to Centrelink in the past year. The Commonwealth has clawed back $61 million to date.
And it’s more than just fines at stake. The AAP reports that a 76-year-old Victorian woman was sentenced to almost three years behind bars last month. This comes after she was convicted of fraudulently claiming $287,000 in benefits.
The woman said she was single. But it turns out she was in a relationship with a millionaire.
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