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Posted 03 June 2016 - 04:59 PM

Invercargill duo sentenced for benefit fraud

Last updated 16:09, February 18 2016


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A Southland couple who racked up more than $20,000 in benefit overpayments have been sentenced in the Invercargill District Court.

Hayley Anne Percy, 36, and Jonathon Noel Evans, 37, appeared before Judge Bernadette Farnan on Thursday.

Percy faced one charge of obtaining by deception and three of using a document for pecuniary advantage.

Evans faced one charge of obtaining by deception and two of using a document for pecuniary advantage.

Both admitted all charges.

The Ministry of Social Development summaries of facts say Evans and Percy had been living together in a relationship between December 10, 2013 and March 22, 2015, but for parts of that time had collected various benefits other than their correct entitlement.

Evans' offending resulted in a total overpayment of $9276.52, while Percy's overpayment was $15,167.41.

Percy's lawyer Joseph Mooney said the offending was out of character for his client and called for a sentence of community work.

The court was told Evans had about 90 previous convictions, some of which were for fraud-related matters.

Evans' lawyer Scott Williamson said his client was already on a sentence of home detention and called for a further period of home detention.


Judge Farnan sentenced Percy to 175 hours' community work and Evans to four months' home detention, cumulative on his existing sentence.

Both are already repaying their benefit debt at a rate of $20 a week.

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