A 54-year-old woman who ran up Housing New Zealand and social welfare frauds totalling $274,591 has been jailed for two years and four months.
Beverley Anne Malzard had admitted five charges laid the Ministry of Social Development of dishonestly using a document, one of obtaining by deception, and one of misleading a social welfare officer.
The Christchurch District Court had been told she failed to declare she had been working when she completed forms allowing her a cheaper rent.
She was also granted a domestic purpose benefit but did not report when she was working and receiving ACC payments.
At an interview she said she was aware of her obligations but had not advised of her employment because she believed she was two separate people, the summary said.
She deliberately presented to her doctor as being unfit to work to continue receiving the sickness benefit.
She received a domestic purpose benefit, a sickness benefit, a community wage job seeker benefit, and an unemployment benefit including supplements to a total of $151,040 which the ministry was seeking reparation for.
Housing New Zealand was seeking reparation of $123,551.
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