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Gambling Addict Jailed for Fraud

15 April 2004

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian: "A gambling addict who used different identities to defraud welfare agencies of $45,000 (US$33, 325) was today jailed for 27 months.

"Adelaide man Siel Bia Ly, 28, was also fined $900 for his fraud offences in the South Australian District Court today.

"Judge Patricia Kelly said Ly used several identities to engage in 'deliberate and sustained fraud over a prolonged period'.

"…She said Ly illegally obtained parenting payments and Newstart allowances totalling $44,969, and also procured a $15,000 personal loan on false pretences from the Commonwealth Bank…"

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