A South Canterbury man has been told his $40,000 benefit fraud crosses the threshold beyond a punishment of community work.
Shane Andrew Sadler appeared in the Timaru District Court yesterday, charged with wilful omission of details.
The charge was laid after he was granted a sickness benefit, but took on fulltime employment at Timaru's Smithfield freezing works without informing authorities of the changes.
Sadler received overpayments of $40,696.
Judge Joanna Maze said because that figure exceeded $20,000, Sadler would be looking at more than community work when sentenced.
He was remanded to December 3 for sentencing.
Craig Edward Strong, failure to provide tax returns (13 charges); fined $1300.
Daniel Michael Hogg, 22, of Timaru, breach of community work; convicted and discharged.
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