THE lawyer for a disgraced Katherine travel agent has told a Darwin court she discovered “inflated” invoices while working for an industry giant more than a decade ago.
On March 11, Tennille Kim Foley, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining benefit by deception in Darwin Magistrates Court.
The charge related to her defrauding the Northern Territory government of $40,514 between January 2011 and June 2013 through its Pensioner Travel Concession Scheme.
Prosecutor David Morters told the court on Friday that Foley, who was the sole director of her company, carried out the fraud when either she or employees acting under her direction submitted 88 inflated invoices to the Department of Health.
He added that Foley had assisted police with their investigation and had agreed to give evidence against other people allegedly involved in defrauding the scheme.
Foley’s lawyer, Peter Maley, said she had “been introduced to the process of submitting inflated invoices” while working at Flight Centre between 2000 and 2004.
The case was adjourned for six weeks in order to assess Foley’s suitability for home detention.
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