Guilty plea for pocketing $45,000 of welfare money

A WOMAN has pleaded guilty to obtaining a financial benefit from Centrelink to the tune of $45,000.

The prosecutor for the Commonwealth said Mary-Ellen Hughes failed to inform Centrelink that she had obtained full-time work between 2011 and 2012, falsely receiving a carer�s allowance.

They also claimed she under declared her income from November 2012 to November 2013 in order to receive Newstart allowance.

A pre-sentence report was ordered before her sentencing date of May 12.