The Age reports :
“Cancer faked in bid for sick day
Commonwealth public servant’s habit of forging doctors’ certificates to take days off work was only discovered by his bosses after he went too far and faked having lung cancer.
The ACT Magistrates Court heard yesterday that the Department of Education and Workplace Relations became suspicious of its employee Ben Lyons in September 2006 when a concerned colleague tried to visit the 26-year-old’s bedside, only to find that no hospital in Canberra had heard of the man.
Magistrate Maria Doogan told Lyons that his workplace scam showed a “high level of criminality”. She ordered him to serve a two-year good-behaviour bond and fined him $900 on top of the wages he must repay.
Ms Doogan said there was a need to protect employers from similar fraud taking place.”
Its good that someone is sticking up for the employers and protecting them from such fraud. When similar frauds take place in Churches are there protections for parishioners? Should there be?