A girl has been jailed for 2 years after leaving her father’s physique in a morgue for 18 months whereas claiming greater than $75,000 in his pension and carer funds.
Kim Marie Ramsay, 49, pleaded responsible to a number of costs in Western Australia’s District Court docket final week, after admitting she had did not advise Centrelink that her father, Edward, who had dementia, had died in June 2017.
Ramsay claimed greater than $40,000 in carers funds and $35,000 of his aged care pension for nearly two years, utilizing the funds to pay for dental work, motorcar payments, and the vet care of her 45 rescue animals.
The courtroom heard her actions had been uncovered by authorities in January 2019 after the WA’s Coroner’s Court docket alerted the Public Trustee to an ‘unclaimed physique’ on the morgue, The West Australian reported.
Kim Marie Ramsay, 49, has been jailed after claiming Centrelink funds for her late father for 18 months whereas his physique laid unclaimed in a Western Australian morgue (inventory)
The Division of Human Providers subsequently contacted Ramsay, who initially denied her father had died and insisted she was nonetheless his care giver.
When requested by the consultant to place him on the telephone, Ramsay mentioned he was ‘unavailable’. She later admitted he was lifeless.
After disclosing her father’s dying, Ramsay instructed Centrelink she was below monetary stress because of a $16,000 debt whereas additionally paying for the care of 40 cats, three ponies, and two horses.
She was charged with dishonestly acquiring a profit and dishonestly appropriating property from the federal government company.
Defence lawyer Sharon Auburn reportedly instructed the courtroom that Ramsay had a ‘very traumatic background’ and was the one one who might take care of her father all through his sickness.
She mentioned her shopper was affected by psychological well being points, together with anxiousness and despair, and felt ‘overwhelmed’ when she was left to take care of his property and the animals after his dying.
Ramsay pleaded responsible to dishonestly acquiring a profit and dishonestly appropriating property from the federal government company within the Western Australia District Court docket (pictured) final week
However Choose Michael Gething mentioned Ramsay ‘knew what you had been doing was unsuitable on the time’.
‘You continued to obtain the carer’s fee, the carer’s allowance in addition to accessing your father’s pension as a way to preserve hire in your father’s place, in addition to pay utility payments, meals, animal meals and vet payments,’ Choose Gething mentioned.
Nonetheless, Choose Gething accepted Ramsay was now remorseful. She has since paid greater than $2000 again to Centrelink, The West Australian reported.
Choose Gething was sentenced to 2 years behind bars, to be launched after one 12 months on a $5000 good behaviour bond.