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Former Katherine travel agent pleads guilty

March 14, 2016 Business News, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A woman who ran her own travel agency in Katherine has pleaded guilty to defrauding the Northern Territory Government of about AUD 40,000, ABC News has reported.

Tennille Kim Foley was one of several travel agents raided recently in a continuing  police investigation into the rorting of a pensioner travel concession scheme.

Foley, 38, pleaded guilty in the Darwin Magistrates Court to one count of obtaining benefit by deception, ABC News reported.

Prosecutor David Morters said between January 2011 and June 2013, Foley, or employees acting under her direction, submitted 88 invoices to the Health Department under the pensioner travel concession scheme which gives travel discounts to pensioners and carers.

Morters said of those 88 invoices, 69 were “overstated”.

Foley had given a statement to police and was willing to give evidence, the court heard.

The case was adjourned to assess Foley for home detention.

NT police investigations continue into other travel agencies suspected of rorting the pensioner carer concession scheme.

Edited by William Sykes

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