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Aged care nurse jailed for $50,000 Centrelink fraud

Nuisance bit part earns Coast bikie brawl fine

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AN aged care nurse who lied about being unemployed to swindle Centrelink of almost $50,000 will spend three months behindd bars.

Kylie Ann n Rooke, 32, claimed she was unemployed when she successful­ly applied to Centrelink forr Newstart pay- ments and Au- study payments s between 2008 and 2012.

In that time she was paid $48,852 in welfare benefits despite working as an aged care nurse at Biggera Waters.

The Australian Taxation Office contacted Centrelink in 2010 after a data match revealed d RookeRo was earning money she had not disclosed. Rooke continued to rec ceive the benefits fo for another 16 months, despite being asked to exp plain her income.

In the Southp port Magistrate­s C Court yesterday Rooke pleadedple­ade guilty to three counts of fraud. Rooke was sentenced to nine months in jail and will be released on a good behaviour bond after serving three months. ANOTHER man has been fined for his role in an infamous bikie brawl on the Gold Coast.

Jonathan Casiotis, 28, was convicted of a public nuisance offence and fined $1200 yesterday for playing a minor part in the September 2013 Bandidos show of force against a rival gang in a busy restaurant.

The Brisbane Magistrate­s Court heard Casiotis yelled at police and was involved in the menacing of a bystander who had been filming the melee.

The brawl sparked the introducti­on of the nation’s toughest bikie laws but the sentences handed out to those involved were criticised.

Brawl ringleader­s and former Bandidos Jacques Teamo and Adam White each walked free from court with fourmonth suspended sentences. Two other major players also received suspended sentences, while a dozen more former Bandidos members were fined between $1200 and $2500 for public nuisance or affray offences, including being aggressive towards police. One man was handed a six-month good behaviour bond.

Most had more serious charges of riot downgraded to public nuisance or affray, or dropped altogether.

The only bikie to go to trial, Peter Mauric, was acquitted.

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