I owe centrelink 23,000, $15,000 of the debt was raised in april 2012 for over payments of parentign payment partnered. In late 2010 one of my children was sexually assualted by a family member, resulted in my husband and i having marriage problems. And my husband leaving the home we share for long periods of time. During the time of his absence i didnot have access to his earnings . I tried to ring his employer to get the information but due to privacy laws they wouldnt give me that information. I have just been telephoned by a centrelink review officer who says i will have to pay back the debt. I am paying centrelink $70.00 a fortnight currently. Centrelink officer says at this stage they are unshore if i will have to attend a prosecution hearing as they have not made that decision yet.
Will i be prosecuuted ?
Nothing because i can't afford a lawyer
helloSpeak with legal aid Qld, you will get representation there.In regard to the matter, i am almost certain that you will be charged unfortunately. Centrelink always seem to charge everyone in this situation. Not all doom and gloom though, you are paying of the amount owed, plus there is evidence here that the whole amount may not need to be paid all up considering the factors. A court with the evidence you can provide may look into the matter and decide that the amount is too much perhaps, considering the situation you are in.You will most likely not get a criminal record, just go see legal aid for some help, as well as keep making repayments.Please accept
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If i am asked to attend a prosecution hearign should i attend it?
Yes, but obtain a solicitor from legal aid firstDaniel41123.1337741088
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