Diesel fraud lands Grafton man in jail



A GRAFTON man has been jailed for three years by the Grafton District Court for diesel fuel rebate fraud totalling $126,558.

Anthony Pienaar, 59, of Grafton, pleaded guilty to two charges of obtaining a financial advantage by deception.

The court was told that in 2002, Mr Pienaar submitted two diesel fuel rebate claims for 331,000 litres of diesel for residential usage.

Due to the unusually large claims the Tax Office conducted an audit to substantiate them.

It revealed Mr Pienaar had not purchased any fuel.

The diesel fuel rebate scheme ? which was phased out in 2003 ? paid a rebate to people who used diesel in eli- gible activities such as agriculture, mining, forestry or fishing.

Tax Commissioner Michael Carmody said the Tax Office would continue to monitor potentially fraudulent claims involving diesel fuel.

Mr Pienaar will serve 15 months before being released on a good behaviour bond.

He is also required to pay reparations of $126,558.



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