A Maloneys Beach woman who concealed more than $100,000 in earnings from Centrelink while receiving social security benefits has narrowly avoided time in prison.
Christine Louise Britten, 48, appeared in Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday, pleading guilty to fraud after receiving a financial advantage from the Department of Human Services between 2012 and 2016.
Court papers showed Britten was a recipient of Newstart Allowance and failed to declare income from a cleaning job to the department.
Britten earned more than $108,000 during the four-year period, but disclosed less than $6000 of her income. The department said Britten was only entitled to half of the $50,000 in benefits she received.
She was ordered to repay more than $25,000 and fined an additional $5000. Magistrate Doug Dick also ordered her to perform 250 hours of community service in lieu of jail.