A conditional sentence has been imposed on Melissa Marie Rose, a former Sydney, NS resident who defrauded the Department of Community Services more than $14,000.
The 39-year-old must now serve a six-month conditional sentences followed by two years of probation after pleading guilty to eight counts of fraud. Rose, who now lives in the Halifax Regional Municipality, committed the assistance benefits frauds between May 2013 and February 2015.
The court heard that while Rose was receiving social assistance benefits, she failed to declare additional income she was receiving in workers’ compensation benefits.
Rose started receiving compensation benefits in 2009 after suffering a workplace injury.
The mother-of-two told the court she is saddened for the effects her crime has had on her family, “I apologize for my actions.”
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