Yes, you heard it right – Surveillance has caught a former staff member while she was faking her injuries to claim thousands of dollars in employee compensation.
South Australian resident Zara Deniz injured herself while working as a floor worker at Thomas Food’s processing plant located at Murray Bridge in 2006. A successful claim was made by Zara Deniz that she can’t perform her duty due to the injuries and then started receiving near about $600 in weekly compensation.
More than 6 years later, when an independent medical practitioner was examining her, Deniz allegedly told that she still suffers from chronic pain. She also alleged that this makes it difficult for her to stand, sit or bend down and chances of her working again are really dim.
It has been reported by the Human Resource Department that the company took necessary actions to ensure that the issue is sorted out effectively.
State Government officials put Deniz under surveillance due to her suspicious behaviour and found evidence that she is just faking her illness. She has pleaded guilty to 34 counts of fraud, which makes almost $20,000. On condition that Deniz agreed to a two-year, $500 good-behaviour bond, Magistrate suspended a 9 months and 2 weeks jail sentence.