Woman or­dered to re­pay $27,000

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

A Can­nons Creek woman who failed to tell Work and In­come she had em­ploy­ment has been sen­tenced to com­mu­nity de­ten­tion and or­dered to re­pay her $27,000 over­pay­ment.

Mar­garet Ge­orge, 51, reap­peared in Porirua District Court last Tues­day charged with not telling Work and In­come of her change in cir­cum­stances and of be­ing over­paid.

Ge­orge pre­vi­ously ap­peared on Jan­uary 14, pleaded guilty to three charges, and was re­manded at large un­til Fe­bru­ary 11.

De­fence lawyer Andrew Moore sug­gested a sen­tence of com­mu­nity de­ten­tion and com­mu­nity work be­cause Ge­orge had fam­ily re­ly­ing on her.

‘‘It will al­low Ms Ge­orge to give back to the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Mr Moore said Ge­orge had raised six chil­dren, three of them through fam­ily adop­tion.

‘‘She has looked af­ter chil­dren for most of her life.’’

He said she was no longer em­ployed and was re­ly­ing on her grown chil­dren and part­ner to sup­port her.

Mr Moore said Ge­orge fell into a trap when she de­cided not to not alert Work and In­come.

Over the fol­low­ing two years she sub­mit­ted documents stat­ing she was not work­ing.

She was in­ter­viewed in Au­gust 2013 re­gard­ing the mat­ter, and said she was aware of her obli­ga­tions, but she had not ad­vised Work and In­come be­cause her em­ploy­ment was ini­tially part-time and she did not want to have to reap­ply for the ben­e­fit.

As a re­sult, she re­ceived an over­pay­ment of $27,228.20.

Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment pros­e­cut­ing lawyer Claire Dun­can agreed with Mr Moore’s sug­gested sen­tence of com­mu­nity de­ten­tion and com­mu­nity work.

Judge John Walker said the re­peated na­ture of the crime worked against Ge­orge, de­spite her hav­ing no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

‘‘That was a re­peated fail­ure on your part,’’ he said.

He sen­tenced Ge­orge to four months’ com­mu­nity de­ten­tion, with a cur­few from 7pm till 7am, and 250 hours of com­mu­nity work.

Ge­orge was also re­quired to re­pay $27,228 over­pay­ment in weekly pay­ments.

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