Ex WA Country Health Service worker slapped with fraud charges

By Shannon Jenkins

Monday November 2, 2020

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A former Western Australian public servant has been charged after he allegedly used false information to receive nearly $14,000 in paid leave.

In a statement on Sunday, the WA Police Force alleged the WA Country Health Service employee had been granted extended paid leave from March 2020 in order to care for an ill family member living overseas.

WA Police said the worker, a 44-year-old man from Duncraig who held a senior management position, received paid leave of various amounts over 11 fortnightly payments between March and August 2020, totalling $13,823.18.

The employee issued his resignation in June ahead of leaving the agency in late August.

The WA Country Health Service referred the case to the police and the state corruption watchdog, the Corruption and Crime Commission, after it learned the man had picked up a job with a private sector company.

The man allegedly never left Australia and had instead begun working with the company in March 2020.

He was charged with 11 counts of ‘Gained Benefit by Fraud’ after detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad searched his home on October 21, WA Police said.

“Had the fraudulent information not been provided the employee would not have been eligible for paid leave,” it said.

The man appeared in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on Monday, November 2.

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