An East Albury woman has taken more than two years to front court on an almost-$7000 fraud because she twice had to flee domestic violence.
Stacey Louisa Monica Pendergast first moved to Queensland with her child.
But the violence returned when she began a new relationship, defence lawyer Emma Harrison has told Albury Local Court magistrate Richard Funston.
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Pendergast's injuries were substantial, Ms Harrison said, including a fractured skull and broken jaw.
She had also suffered from an illicit drug addiction that led to her taking part in a program at the rehabilitation centre Odyssey House.
Pendergast's offending involved making claims to Medicare, in November, 2017, for services purportedly provided by Canberra-based anaesthetist Dr Danny-Glen Raiz.
She is one of several people to have taken part in the ruse, which for Pendergast, now 31, involved her netting $6687.05 in Medicare rebates by lodging two false invoices - each for fake $5900 bills.
Ms Harrison said Pendergast, who pleaded guilty to receiving a financial advantage from a Commonwealth entity, understood what she did was wrong.
But Ms Harrison said Pendergast did not herself make the claims, rather was approached by someone "who asked if she wanted to get some money".
"At the time there were drug issues, mainly because she was in a domestic violence situation and couldn't see any other way out."
Mr Funston said he was willing to take her drug rehabilitation into account.
"Occasionally the court can acknowledge the very good work done over the past two to three years," he said.
"And you've done that. You've addressed what is a very complex set of circumstances."
Mr Funston said a conviction would "work against that" progress, as well as creating difficulties for Pendergast - a concern submitted by Ms Harrison - in pursuing her desired studies and work in disability support.
He put her on a two-year, $500 good behaviour bond and ordered she pay the lesser amount of $6587.05 compensation.