Mis­lead­ing Cen­tre­link

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS | PROSERPINE MAGISTRATES COURT -

FAIL­ING to take no­tice of a Cen­tre­link email draw­ing at­ten­tion to over­pay­ments led a Proser­pine Nurs­ing Home staffer to jail.

Saman­tha Theadora Kissier, 38, pleaded guilty in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court to ob­tain­ing fi­nan­cial ad­van­tage af­ter mak­ing 66 false in­come re­ports to Cen­tre­link.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor Aimee Knott said Kissier was over­paid $35,015.53 dur­ing a re­port­ing pe­riod from De­cem­ber 2012 to Septem­ber 28, 2016.

She said Kissier failed to re­port any in­come be­tween Septem­ber 4 to De­cem­ber 10, 2014, de­spite her em­ploy­ment.

The un­der-re­port­ing was picked up af­ter a par­tic­i­pa­tion in­ter­view on Fe­bru­ary 8, 2016.

Kissier was sent an email on May 4, 2016 draw­ing fur­ther at­ten­tion to over­pay­ments but con­tin­ued to un­der-re­port.

Je­nine Ki­ley from the Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Straight Is­lan­der Le­gal Ser­vice (ATSILS) rep­re­sented Kissier and said she went through a dif­fi­cult time rais­ing two chil­dren, one of whom was autis­tic.

Kissier was sen­tenced to six months im­pris­on­ment and re­quired to serve two months be­fore her re­lease on Septem­ber 30, 2017. She was also put on a two-year good be­hav­iour bond.

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