How 70 people a day are rorting the welfare system


More than 70 people a day are getting caught ripping off Australia’s welfare system by falsely claiming to be single in order to receive higher payments.

The Commonwealth has clawed back $61 million from more than 26,000 people ripping off Centrelink in the past year.

A 76-year-old Victorian woman was last month sentenced to almost three years behind bars after being convicted of fraudulently claiming $287,000 in benefits, claiming to be single while in a relationship with a man who was worth millions.

$61 million has been clawed back from more than 26,000 people ripping off Centrelink in the past year. Source: Getty Images, file