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Melbourne woman who posed as a destitute single mum in $100k rort jailed

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A Melbourne mother has been jailed for rorting Centrelink of more than $100,000 over five years to fund her family’s luxury lifestyle.

A Melbourne mother has been jailed for rorting Centrelink of more than $100,000 over five years to fund her family's luxury lifestyle.

Jade Cheasley told Centrelink she was living in her car with her three children so that she could claim welfare payments as a single parent.

In reality, she was living with her children and her husband in their Craigieburn mansion.

During one year Cheasley received welfare payments – which started in 2013 – husband David turned over almost a million dollars from his roofing business.

The family spent the money on boats, cars, two properties in regional Victoria and family holidays including a trip to Hawaii in 2015.

The 31-year-old was today sentenced to two-and-a-half months in jail for the fraud.

She will remain on a court order for 18 months and has to repay the money she stole.

In sentencing her, Judge Mark Dean said she was guilty of "systematic dishonesty… which was motivated solely to supplement the family income which in turn was used to fund your entitled lifestyle."

"There is no evidence of hardship or poverty in this case."

The couple was dobbed in by members of the public.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/centrelink-fraud-melbourne-mother-jailed-rorting-over-100k-dollars-to-fund-cars-boats-property/24bc0acf-b556-4fe7-99e9-9dbed53c65fa

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