Sydney Centrelink fraudster jailed

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A 33-year-old Sydney man has been sentenced to three years in jail for hacking into Centrelink records and redirecting payments to accounts he controlled.

The Australian Federal Police Taskforce Iris arrested the man last September at his western Sydney home in Mays Hill.

Investigators raided his home, seizing a number of electronic items and files containing personal identification details of victims.

The AFP accused the man of improperly accessing Centrelink records to change the payment destination of a customer's payment into a bank account he controlled.

The man also attempted to access the Centrelink records of several other customers and contacted Services Australia while impersonating other customers in order to gain access to their accounts and alter payment destinations.

Investigators calculated the fraud value to be more than $18,000

He was sentenced last week in Parramatta Local Court to three years and one day of imprisonment, with a non-parole period of two years.