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Guilty of duplicity after double-dipping flood relief fund

A POINT Vernon man was described as "young and stupid" for double-dipping into the disaster relief assistance after the 2011 Queensland flooding disaster.

Tong Tong Lual, 23, pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday to fraud and attempted fraud.

The court heard Lual, who lived in Goodna in Ipswich at the time, received a $170 payment from the Department of Communities as a part of the flood relief assistance.

The payments on offer were a part of the one-off emergency package available for those whose houses had flooded.

But Lual was not content with the assistance applied for and received another $170 payment.

Lual later tried to apply for an additional $775 payment, which he was denied.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kathryn Stagoll said it was not until earlier this year it was determined Lual had received the second payment.

Defence solicitor John Milburn said Lual was young at the time of the incident and had no criminal history.

"He is very disappointed in what he has done," Mr Milburn said.

Acting Magistrate Gary Finger said Lual would have been "young and stupid" at the time.

"The thing that is concerning me is that this was for flood relief," he said.

Mr Finger fined him $1000 and no conviction was recorded.

Topics:  2011 floods, editors picks, hervey bay magistrates court



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