Guilty plea to $26,000 welfare rort

An aged pensioner has pleaded guilty to rorting more than $26,000 in welfare payments.

Lucia Goldfinch, 66, of Rocherlea, appeared in Launceston magistrates court this morning.

She changed her  plea to guilty on four counts of obtaining a financial advantage after the Commonwealth dropped one of the charges.

The court heard that in 2003 and between 2005 and 2009 Goldfinch earned nearly $60,000 but declared just $1800 to Centrelink.

This resulted in overpayments of the widow allowance of $26,400.

Her lawyer Alan Hensley said his client had been bankrupt and was not living the high life at the time of offending.

Magistrate Reg Marron adjourned the matter until June 10.

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