Centrelink cracks down
SIXTY-FIVE Coffs Harbour and Grafton Centrelink benefit recipients are still under investigation, after Centrelink fraud investigators cancelled or suspended the payments of 41 customers this week.
Conducted between Monday and Wednesday, the operation concentrated on the blueberry harvesting industry, which Cen- trelink had identified as being at high risk of cash economy activity, according to general manager Hank Jongen.
"This operation is the latest in a number of field operations Centrelink investigators have carried out around Australia, and is estimated to reap savings to the Australian taxpayers of $287,000," he said.
"During the last financial year, Centrelink completed 133 field operations, which identified more than $30 million in savings and debt."
Mr Jongen said Centrelink used data matching, information provided by the public and regular field operations to identify benefit recipients who did not declare other incomes.