An infuriating case just out from the Supreme Court.
In the late 1990s Kathryn Harlen was found guilty of benefit fraud. She was imprisoned briefly and in 2000 WINZ started docking $20 a week off her benefit to recover the $120,000 she stole from taxpayers. A token amount but important so people don’t get to keep the benefits of fraud.
17 years later only $4,000 has been paid back. Instead Ms Harlen has spent most of that time fighting the repayments in every forum possible, including:
- Benefits Review Committee
- Social Security Appeal Authority x 2
- High Court x 2
- Court of Appeal
- Supreme Court
Such a strong case of entitlementitis.