Woman jailed over flood funds fraudBy Brad Ryan, Tuesday October 9, 2012 - 09:27 EDT
A far north Queensland woman has been jailed for fraudulently claiming almost $40,000 in disaster relief payments.
Amber Sarah Mallie, 27, yesterday pleaded guilty to 24 charges, including 14 counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception.
The Cairns District Court heard she made a legitimate assistance claim after flooding in far north Queensland in 2009 and then used relatives' names and fake names to claim about another $38,000.
More than half of the money came from a Queensland Government program funded by donations from the public.
Judge Bill Everson described Mallie's offences as 'repugnant'.
He said Mallie had abused a system set up to help to people in desperate need and the money she obtained was spent on alcohol and drugs instead.
She was sentenced to two-and-a-half-years in prison and will be eligible for parole after eight months.
© ABC 2012
More breaking news
Residents in the South Australian towns of Virginia, Lewiston and Port Wakefield had a brief reprieve from the rain overnight but they have been warned further flooding is possible later this afternoon.
The South Australian towns of Virginia and Port Wakefield are under threat from floodwaters as the Gawler and Wakefield rivers burst their banks, with warnings more rain is on the way.
About 9,000 properties remain without power in Perth and Western Australia's south-west as conditions ease across the state after damaging winds brought down trees and debris.