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Exclusive data reveals Centrelink recipients overpaid more than $700 million

4 March 2017
9News

It has been revealed that thousands of welfare recipients in Australia have collectively been overpaid more than $700 million, with some people abusing the system.

In one case obtained by 9NEWS, a Centrelink recipient claimed he only earned $5000 per year, but data from the Australian Tax Office revealed he was pulling in more than $100,000 per year. 

Another customer declared an income of $23,000 per year, but data revealed she was earning more than $70,000 per year. 

"While most people do the right thing, the unfortunate reality is that some people deliberately defraud the system," Human Services Minister Alan Tudge told 9NEWS. 

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"At the end of the day if somebody does owe money to the government, they have to pay it back," Mr Tudge said.
 

 

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