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**Over 2 years of fighting an apparent debt & now it's been wiped and I'm getting g the $$ I paid to it- repayed to me!!

Debt amount: 
$8500
Date debt issued: 
Thursday, 17 March 2016
Period debt occurred: 
May 2011 to September 2012
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Yes
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes & I won
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Well.. a victory finally.. after 3 plus years of this apparent debt screwing with my life and mind.. i have a victory.. and one that i am thinking that i may want to sue DHS for the absolute strain this all has had on my wellbeing and finances...
You see.. ( i will try to keep this short) back in 2015/16 i had received a letter in the post- previous address- that had came to me very strangely- as friends of ours now lived in the street and checked the letter box for letters..
Anyway.. the letter was from a debt collection agency RECOVERIES CORP. saying i owed Clink over $8,000!!.. yet i hadnt been on payments in over a few years!.
Anyway, after an ARO reviewed it- it was only reduced by a few dollars.. So i continued to pay an apparent debt that i had no idea how it came about!.. Even asking Clink sooo many times to give me the paperwork that made them come to this decision.. they said it is now with the debt agency- and out of our hands..
A few months down the track.. i was about to pay my fornightly installment that i had arranged with Recoveries Corp.. and it would not allow me to do it.. so when called them they said that you no longer have a debt with us.. and i asked them where it has gone? They gave me another number to call.. and it was now with another Debt Collection agency- DUNN& BRADSTREET. so i said to them how come i was not notified? they said because Clink stopped their contract with that company blah blah blah..
So , again.. a few months later.. i went to pay my installment- same thing happened.. and when i called them they said it was now back with Clink!!!.. i was furious..
So i had to call them- and this always makes me so upset and my mental health severley suffer..
After several calls and speaking to several different people in relation to this apparent debt.. and i might also ad that they had no record of how much i paid off either.. !! I then had to make ANOTHER arrangement with them to pay this stupid thing off.. and still no coming to the party when i asked them to prove to me that i have a debt..
Now.. this was a few years back and from last year till now.. the information that i have armoured myself with- lead me to here..
I put in a AAT request- which i had a phone discussion with a member .. and he requested that my debt be reduced by 50%.. I was not happy with that so i decided to appeal and put my claim in for a AAT2 hearing..
Once i had done this.. i received a call from legal rep from Centrelink-. as i could not hear her well and i realised no one could be trusted-i insisted that i would not be answering anything - without it being in writing.. which she did- she emailed me..
This led to Centrelink OWING ME just over $200, as they wanted to settle this .. as i decided to settle and i wanted this out of my life for good.. it meant i forfeited all the $$ i had already paid toward this apparent debt.. which i was fine with as i just wanted it over with.
So all good and well.. paperwork signed.. and the $$ were put into my current bank account.
A week or 2 later i receive a text message saying i had a letter from Centrelink- which i found really strange......
This letter was yet ANOTHER letter saying i owed $170 plus dollars!!! i was horrified.. i emailed Hank Jorgen.. and told them about what had happened.. i received a phone call from someone - who represented Hank on these matters.. So she told me that looking into my file- i had been misinformed and my case was dealt with very wrong. I am now getting all the $$ i actually paid off the whole amount.. and the current amount was going to be wiped!!!!
VICTORY AT LAST!!!! .. you have no idea how much i need this $$ atm.. and how relieved i am ...
I am now seeking to find someone legal who can assist me in building a case against CENTRELINK and sue them for damages etc and how they caused me to be physically and mentally unwell by all of this.....
Stay true to yourself everyone.. and fight!!!!

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

Absolute disgusting..
I am livid at how this whole process has ruined me mentally, physically and financially.. I want to use Centrelink for damages .. what they have put me through is criminal.