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88yo veteran forced to pay back government

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The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is claiming an 88-year-old veteran didn’t report his income correctly, which led to him being overpaid almost $5,000.

Veteran Sam was forced to pay back the $4,734.53 after it was over was overpaid to him in his pension over a seven-year period.

The department says Sam failed to report the changing value of his shares.

Ray Hadley contacted the department who said they would look into Sam’s case as a priority.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester says “it’s a regrettable case”.

“I have a great responsibility for taxpayers’ money.

“Part of that obligation is to make sure veterans who receive income support actually report their income accurately.”

Listen to the full interview below 

Ray Hadley
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