A TABLE Top man has been convicted and had an arrest warrant issued for him after failing to attend court on three charges involving Centrelink fraud.
The fraud offences happened in 2010, 2011 and last year with Michael John Williams being overpaid more than $7000.
Centrelink wrote to Williams, 34, of Himalaya Drive, on November 21 last year as part of its investigation and asked him to take part in a formal interview.
But magistrate Megan Greenwood was told in Albury Local Court no interview had taken place.
The discovery of the overpayment was triggered by a data-matching process with the Australian Taxation Office.
Williams was receiving Newstart allowance and failed to declare employment income.
The first offence happened between August 10 and 24, 2010, the second offence between February 8 and July 12, 2011 and the third between June 25 and August 20 last year.
Williams was overpaid $727.26 the first time, $4787.33 the second and $2051.50 the third time.
He had received Newstart intermittently between March 20, 1997, to April 9 this year.
Williams was working for a transport company in Wodonga between January 24, 2011 and February 29 last year.
He needed to disclose work payments as part of the conditions of the Newstart allowance.
In 2010 he under declared income on 14 occasions and falsely declared nil income five times.