Perth man charged with fraud over new job

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A Perth man who worked for a regional health service has been charged with fraud after his employer claimed he took paid leave when he was really at a new job.

The senior manager at Western Australia Country Health Service was in March granted extended paid leave to care for an ill family member whom he said lived overseas.

The employee resigned from the agency in June, effective at the end of August.

But the WA Country Health Service claims the man had in March begun a new job with a private sector company, and referred the case to WA Police and the Corruption and Crime Commission.

WA police in October charged the 44-year-old from Duncraig, north of Perth, with 11 counts of having gained a benefit by fraud.

It will be alleged the man never left Australia and was paid leave over 11 fortnightly payments between March and August totalling $13,823 to which he was not entitled and breached the terms of his employment.

He's due to appear in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on Monday.