What happens if you fraud Centrelink?
Table of Contents,
- 1 What happens if you fraud Centrelink?
- 2 How do I report to Centrelink?
- 3 Can you go to jail for ripping off Centrelink?
- 4 How does fraud occur in the Centrelink system?
- 5 Where can I find the Centrelink audit report?
- 6 When do you give false information to Centrelink?
- 7 Can a whistle blower report Centrelink fraud anonymously?
The maximum penalties for Centrelink Fraud is 10 years imprisonment for offences of obtaining property and obtaining a financial advantage by deception and 5 years imprisonment for an offence of general dishonesty.
You can report your income:
- through your Centrelink online account through myGov.
- using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
- by calling 133 276 (13 EARN)
The penalties for Centrelink fraud range from 12 months to 10 years imprisonment. If you obtain a Centrelink benefit by deception, a prison sentence is a likely outcome, and you may be liable for the 10 years maximum sentence.
Centrelink Fraud occurs when people deliberately mislead Centrelink in-order-to receive payments, which they are not entitled to. This may happen when people intentionally give false information either purposefully or knowingly.
Centrelink Fraud Investigations The Auditor-General Audit Report No.10 2010–11 Performance Audit Centrelink Fraud Investigations Australian National Audit Office ANAO Audit Report No.10 2010–11 Centrelink Fraud Investigations 2 © Commonwealth of Australia 2010 ISSN 1036–7632 ISBN 0 642 81154 7 COPYRIGHT INFORMATION This work is copyright.
This may happen when people intentionally give false information either purposefully or knowingly. Not declaring income from employment, investments or other sources. Exaggerating a medical condition. Claiming an allowance as a single person when you are in a de facto relationship.
Whistle-blowers details are kept confidentially and are able-to report Centrelink Fraud anonymously. The government has set up special telephone hotlines to combat welfare cheats.