Between May 2011 and January 2014 a worker submitted false payslips whilst in receipt of workers compensation, resulting in an overpayment of $57,010.77.
After a SafeWork NSW investigation the defendant, Jamie Dixon, was charged with dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception, pursuant to section 192E(1)(b) of the Crimes Act 1900.
On 20 March 2015 the defendant was convicted by the Local Court and ordered to serve a term of imprisonment for a period of 15 months, and to pay restitution.
The defendant appealed the severity of his sentence to the District Court and on 28 September 2015 the Court ordered that the sentence be suspended under section 12 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 and that the defendant enter into a good behaviour bond for the term of the sentence. An order for restitution was also made in relation to the remaining sum to be paid of $43,068.67