Niqab clad Centrelink fraud Ikraam Mohamud jailed

A childcare worker who ripped off Australian taxpayers to the tune of $88,051 while earning more than $80,000 a year has been jailed for just three months. 

Ikraam Mohamud, 31, of Reservoir - north of Melbourne - claimed she was only looking after her family when she blew up to $2000 a day while rorting Australia's child welfare system. 

She was jailed on Wednesday for two years, but will serve just three months before being released on a Commonwealth version of a good behaviour bond.  

Ikraam Mohamud, 31, of Reservoir could have been jailed for 10 years after ripping of the government in a welfare scam

Ikraam Mohamud was shielded by supporters as she entered the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday

Ikraam Mohamud was shielded by supporters as she entered the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday

Bank records seized by police reveal Mohamud would routinely make withdrawals of between $1000-$2000 at a time. 

The transactions appeared time and time again on her statements, with $1000 withdrawals appearing days on end. 

What she was spending it on remains a mystery. 

Before sentencing, County Court of Victoria Judge Richard Smith asked Mohamud why she was wearing a head scarf in the prison dock. 

'Is that a religious requirement?' he asked. 

Mohamud had arrived at court surrounded by supporters who shielded her from a waiting media pack. 

The fraudster hid her face with a niqab and wore dark sunglasses on entering the court, but revealed her face upon facing sentence. 

Mohamud's barrister advised Judge Smith his client was a Muslim. 

Upon sentencing, Judge Smith said he still had no idea what Mohamud had blown the cash on. 

He criticised Mohamud for her behaviour and said she knew what she was doing was wrong. 

'Your offending was deliberate,' he said. 'And it went on for four years.'

Crown prosecutor Kathryn Thornton had earlier described Mohamad's case as 'one of greed', not of need.  

Judge Smith agreed, declaring that nothing short of an immediate prison term would be appropriate. 

But he accepted Mohamud had pleaded guilty to the crime early, had co-operated with police and displayed remorse by entering a payment plan to repay her huge

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