& # 39; I am labeled as a criminal & # 39 ;: the woman must pay Centrelink $ 8,000 against debts from NINE YEARS ago – and insists she does not owe a cent
- Devi Barker contacted by debt collectors saying that she must repay debts
- They said she owed $ 7,616.05, but she is adamant that she doesn't owe them a cent
- Mrs Barker's debts date from 2010 to 2012 – nine years ago
- & # 39; I am seen as a criminal & # 39 ;, Mrs. Barker said about Centrelink
A woman who has to pay Centrelink nearly nine thousand dollars on alleged debts of nine years ago, insists that she does not owe a cent.
Devi Barker was at home in Hobart when she was approached by debt collectors with the announcement that she owed $ 7,616.05 – and demanded that she make a full repayment with interest.
& # 39; They demanded that I pay. I felt quite stressed, especially when they said that … my wages would be deducted and that I could not leave the country, & Mrs. Barker said. 7.30.
Devi Barker was back home in Hobart when she was contacted by debt collectors with the announcement that she owed $ 7,616.05
Her debts date from 2010 to 2012, but she is adamant that she has given up the correct income.
But proving that she is right is more of a struggle.
She tried to get her bank statements, but was told that they were not held for more than seven years.
& # 39; I am called a criminal & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; It is extremely stressful and especially if you cannot prove that you have no debts. You have no power, and yet they are still busy with debt. & # 39;
After an evaluation of the system, the Department of Human Services no longer cancels debts dating from this period.
The Department of Human Services is currently in a legal battle after Victoria Legal Aid has launched two federal lawsuits that dispute the authenticity of automated debts (inventory)
The Department of Human Services is currently in a legal battle after Victoria Legal Aid has launched two federal lawsuits that dispute the authenticity of automated debts.
The second case was filed in June this year after the debt of one of their customers was successfully cleared.
Victoria Legal Aid executive director Rowan McRae told the program that they insist to see whether or not the collection company is allowed.
& # 39; Many people will look into these cases with great interest to see what implications they have for their own claims, & # 39; she said.
Shocking figures from the Senate Estimates in March 2019 revealed that from July 2016 to December 2018 444,989 robo debts had been issued.
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