|Date||10 May 2019|
Four charges pursuant to section 534(2) – False or misleading information or documents
|Court||Brisbane Magistrates Court|
|Plea||Plea of guilty to the making of false or misleading statements|
|Case||The worker was charged for making false or misleading statements.|
The worker made an application for compensation with the insurer for an injury to their back which occurred in the course of their employment. The claim was accepted.
During the claim, the insurer placed the worker under surveillance. The surveillance footage showed the worker performing activities that were inconsistent with the worker's statements to the insurer and to various medical practitioners regarding their level of symptoms and functional incapacity.
The worker was sentenced to pay a fine of $1,000.
|Common Law rights extinguished?||No|
|Consideration for Prevention||A worker should be honest about his/her symptoms and capacity to work when speaking to the insurer and/or medical practitioners.|