Tawa woman convicted of double dipping
A Tawa cleaner has to repay more than $54,000 after not telling Work and Income that she was working.
Salai Fano, 55, pleaded guilty when she appeared in Porirua District Court last Tuesday charged with not telling Work and Income of her change in circumstances and falsely using a document.
Ministry of Education lawyer Anitesh Govind said Fano and her husband were granted the sickness benefit from February 6, 2007.
However, Fano failed to tell Work and Income when she started work for Spotless Facility Services on January 6, 2009.
She was interviewed on July 26 last year and said she hadn’t told Work and Income about her change in circumstances because she was struggling financially.
From January 6, 2009, till January 15, 2012, Fano was overpaid $54,857.56.
Judge John Walker convicted Fano and remanded her until June 10.