Mine worker jailed for fraud

A MINE worker has been jailed for 18 months after labour hire firms paid him more than $13,000 for work he never did.

At the time of his offending Scott James Ward, a Moranbah diesel fitter, was on a suspended jail sentence for similar offences.

Ward, 29, pleaded guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to a series of fraud charges that included not paying $2344 for mechanical work done in Paget on his Holden ute, and $7800 for a motorbike he purchased.

Its unpaid owner later took it back after Ward was tracked down on Facebook.

Ward also pleaded guilty to having stolen number plates on his van, driving when disqualified, and drink-driving offences.

He was ordered to pay compensation and must serve nine months in custody before being eligible for parole on November 24.

"You took advantage of the system and lodged false claims," Magistrate Ross Risson said:

Prosecutor James Grehan said the fraud offences had taken place when Ward worked at various coal mining sites.

Ward completed time sheets for labour hire companies and was paid. The companies would then invoice the mine employers.

However, in one fraud matter, he claimed and was paid $9030 but he had not been on the work site.

In a separate case, in 2014, Ward was paid $4288 while falsifying time sheets, wrongly claiming he worked at the Saraji mine.

He also pleaded guilty to removing a police immobilisation/ confiscation label that was put on his van.

Last December Ward was caught on the Peak Downs Hwy drink-driving when disqualified and the vehicle plates on his vehicle had been reported stolen.

Ward was disqualified from driving for three years.


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