Mother's sentence suspended after flood aid rip-off

A MOTHER of four targeted four separate flood recovery centres and ripped off more than $5000 in payments she wasn't entitled to.

Tilly Makareta Moli-Segi was entitled to a one-off payment of $850 from the Department Communities after her Dinmore home was affected in the 2011 disaster. But she didn't stop there.

Between January 27 and January 30, she went to shelters at Bundamba, Riverview, Goodna, Ipswich and again to Bundamba and claimed $5100.

She swore documents stating she had not previously received any money from the Emergency Assistance Grant scheme.

On October 7 last year, Ipswich detectives spoke to Moli-Segi at her Dinmore home about the multiple cases of fraud.

She told police she knew she shouldn't have applied for the grants, but needed the money for her family. She also admitted she knew she was "being dishonest" and that "one day obtaining the payments would eventually catch up with her".

Prosecutor Acting Senior Sergeant Kevin Carmont said stealing from the public purse was an abhorrent and significant breach of trust.

Snr Sgt Carmont said those who took money meant for victims of natural disasters should be punished.

Moli-Segi, who had no previous criminal history, pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud.

She was sentenced to four months prison, wholly suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to pay $5100 restitution to the Department of Communities.

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