Worker jailed for timesheet fraud

A Queensland mine worker has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for a range of offenses, including defrauding labour hire companies for pay.

Scott James Ward, 29, pleaded guilty to fraud charges for falsifying time sheets and getting paid for work he hadn’t done.

Daily Mercury reported Ward had claimed and been paid $9030 in one instance without ever having set foot on the work site.

Another case from 2014 showed Ward was paid $4288 after falsely claiming to have worked at the Saraji coal mine.

Other offenses included not paying $2344 for mechanical work on his car, not paying $7800 for a motorbike he purchased (later repossessed by the seller), using stolen number plates, driving while disqualified, and drink-driving offences.

Ward was ordered to pay compensation, was disqualified from driving for three years, and will be eligible for parole after serving nine months in prison.

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