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Case 24

The worker lodged an Application for Compensation for an injury she allegedly suffered to her knee by tripping up stairs on public thoroughfare on her way to work. The claim was accepted as a journey claim.

The employer obtained CCTV and sensor footage showing the worker arriving at work with no sign of an event or injury.

The worker was subsequently charged with fraud and chose to defend the charges with the matter going to trial. On 29 August 2011 the worker was found guilty of one charge of fraud and six false and misleading charges. She was sentenced to five months wholly suspended for the fraud charge and two months each for the false and misleading charges for an operational period of 12 months. Restitution was $48,263 and ordered to pay substantial costs due to the trial. A conviction was recorded.