Rocky woman jailed after applying six times for flood relief

MAKING the most of disaster relief after the 2011 Brisbane floods has landed a woman in jail.

Kylie May McLean applied eight different times for financial assistance between January 24, 2011 and February 21 2011, visiting different claim locations in Brisbane and Ipswich.

McLean was granted money on six occasions, ranging from $850 to $1945 each time.

Yet her house was never affected by flooding.

Thinking she was high and dry, a review of Disaster Relief Subsidies claims discovered the fraudulent activity, and McLean, a mother of five, faced Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday, pleading guilty to all eight offences.

Solicitor Joanne Madden, representing McLean, said around the same time as these offences McLean had committed armed robbery and had been imprisoned for that crime.

Madden said while in prison McLean had taken large steps to rehabilitate herself, and had now turned her life around.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said during the floods ordinary people's lives had been turned upside down, yet McLean had fraudulently told lies to benefit herself.

In sentencing her, Mr Cosgrove said he was sending a message to the rest of the community that this type of behaviour would not be tolerated.

McLean was sentenced to nine months jail, to be suspended on November 20 for two years. She was also ordered to pay back $6195.

A conviction was recorded.

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