A dole bludger who scammed Centrelink for 23 years has been found with $250,000 cash stashed in a safe at her home, as she admits to charging others to help them cheat the welfare system.
Rebecca Assie pleaded guilty last week to dealing with money reasonably believed to be the proceeds of crime, as well as to conspiring with four others to dishonestly cause a loss to a third person - Centrelink, Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The 61-year-old Sydney grandmother is believed to have conspired with her late husband, Jamal Elali, between February 2013 to September 2015, to help four others obtain welfare payments.
The pair allegedly scammed $137,397 from Centrelink for their customers in exchange for cash.
Rebecca Assie pleaded guilty on Wednesday to dealing with money reasonably believed to be the proceeds of crime, as well as to conspiring with four others to dishonestly cause a loss to a third person - Centrelink
According to a police statement of facts, Assie would complete the welfare forms without her husband's help, make medical appointments and then adjusted them, while also paying medical practitioners.
She was also found with nine mobile phones and SIM cards.
Assie would then organise to meet up with her customers to exchange the forms and money.
One woman received over $66,647 in welfare payments and paid Assie and her husband $8000 for their help, the publication reported.
Others paid the couple $700-$800 for assisting them with the fraud.
Her home was raided by police in 2013 and police found the $250,000, believed to be a result of crime, according to agreed facts.
Two years ago, Assie was accused of ripping off the taxpayer of $200,000 by claiming to be blind for 21 years and receiving a