A MAN has escaped spending time in jail after he defrauded Centrelink of more than $22,000.
Laidley man Phillip Hyde, 53, pleaded guilty to social security fraud when he appeared in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on Monday.
From October 27, 2014, to November 2015, Hyde was receiving a disability support pension and provided false information to the Department of Human Services about income from his employment during the period.
Acting on behalf of the department of public prosecutions, Sergeant Wayne Bushell told the court Hyde had been on a disability pension since July 2011 due to osteoarthritis.
He said Hyde's income from working as a crane operator and earning more than $76,000 was going into a different bank account to his disability pension.
Hyde got a payment of $24,174 in disability pension in the 13 months with an overpayment of $22,927.
Defence lawyer Chris Campbell said his client had deposited the full $22,927 into his trust account in preparation for the plea ready to be paid back to the department.
Magistrate Andrew Hackett said most offenders of this type of fraud would go to jail for a modest period.
"You were confronted about the matter and denied the employment, you had two separate accounts, there is some method to your offending,” he said.
Mr Hackett sentenced Hyde to 10 months jail with immediate release on a good behaviour bond of $2000 for 15 months.
He order Hyde to pay reparation of the full sum within seven days and a conviction was recorded.
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