Jury shown Centrelink documents in fraud case

A JURY was shown Centrelink documents detailing tens of thousands of dollars worth of payments to a former Whitsundays woman.

Barbara Ann Moody, who used to work for former Whitsunday MP Jan Jarratt's electoral office, is accused of illegally claiming Centrelink benefits over three and a half years.

It is alleged she received $74,000 in payments including Newstart and the disability support pension that she was not entitled to because she was employed.

On the second day of her trial at Brisbane District Court on Tuesday the jury was shown documents from Centrelink that included detailed amounts of the benefits she received every fortnight between October 2009 and April 2013.

Documents also showed how Centrelink calculated the amount Ms Moody had been paid.

The court heard Centrelink did not have a record of Ms Moody's income from her employment at St Patrick's College near Brisbane.

Centrelink documents showed the income from this job was "$0" because it had not been declared.

Ms Moody is charged with one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception.

The court heard earlier in the week that she did not deny or dispute the fact she received the benefits or a wage, but is fighting against the allegation she obtained the payments through deception.

The trial continues.


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