Business owner pays $110,000 for compensation fraud

Dale Monk, 41, was sentenced in Ringwood Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a cumulative charge of fraudulently obtaining workers’ compensation.

He was found guilty and fined $10,000 in addition to the restitution amount.

The court heard Monk filed a claim for mental harm caused by an allegation of bullying in June 2019 and was awarded $150,120 in child support through February 2021.

An investigation later revealed that Monk secretly operated his own consulting service from November 2019 to September 2020 and earned approximately $19,000.

The court heard that during this time Monk continued to tell his doctor that he was not working and received medical certificates of capacity stating he was unable to work.

In a certificate issued in February 2020, Monk’s doctor noted that he was still building his confidence and dealing with his anxiety. The next day, Monk began three days of consultations with a client.

Executive director of WorkSafe Insurance’s business unit, Roger Arnold, said any breach of the compensation system undermines public confidence in it.

“Those who cheat the system for personal gain compromise the integrity of the entire system,” Arnold said.

“Any fraudulent behavior will lead to very serious criminal consequences.”

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Mary H. Martino