Court told of ID fraud to cheat Centrelink


A man who arrived in Australia in the 1980s on a Canadian passport posed as a citizen to cheat Centrelink out of almost $90,000, a court has heard.

Michael Boghdadi Asaad has pleaded not guilty to one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception stemming from Centrelink payments he allegedly received under a false identity between March 2002 and June 2009.

Crown prosecutor Bruce Mumford on Tuesday told a Brisbane District Court jury Asaad had received payments in that period totalling $89,161 on the basis he was born in Australia.

He said evidence suggested Asaad had in fact arrived in Australia in 1985 using a Canadian passport under a different name.

The Crown case is that he created the false identity Michael Boghdadi Asaad, Mr Mumford told the court.

Under this alias, he said, Asaad claimed to be born in Tasmania in April 1938 and not Cairo in 1944 as the Canadian passport suggested.

The trial before Judge Helen Bowskill continues.