Pair pinged for fake medical certificates

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Two former Home Affairs officers corruptly gained benefits by using fake medical certificates, an investigation has found.

The joint probe was conducted by Home Affairs and the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, with the outcome released on Wednesday.

Operation Ajax investigated Officer Q and Officer H, revealing the former used fake medical certificates to support applications for personal leave 28 times.

The same officer received benefits of $9270 to which she was not entitled.

Officer H was found to have provided six fake medical certificates and received $384 in benefits.

Officer Q was convicted and sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour bond and 200 hours of community service, and ordered to repay $4564 within two years.

Head of the commission Jaala Hinchcliffe said Home Affairs had instituted a number of changes to address issues raised by the investigation.

"The evidence demonstrates that both officers engaged in conduct during the performance of their duties as Home Affairs employees to dishonestly benefit themselves, and cause a financial detriment to the Commonwealth," she said in a statement.

The report into the investigation was made public on Wednesday, after being finalised in November 2021.

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