Pensioner jailed for 'PoW' fraud

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An 84-year-old Australian has been jailed for lying about being a prisoner of war in order to claim welfare payments

An 84-year-old man has been jailed for four years in Australia for lying about being a prisoner of war in order to claim hundreds of thousands of dollars in pension payouts.

But Judge Marshall Irwin of Brisbane District Court said Arthur Crane would be released after six months on a good behaviour bond.

Crane, who pleaded guilty to defrauding the Commonwealth, claimed he was captured and tortured by the Japanese during the Second World War, but in reality he had never served in the military.

Before his lies were uncovered last year, Crane claimed nearly 690,000 Australian dollars (£440,000) in war pension and disability payments. He was not entitled to £297,500 of that amount and has been ordered to repay the money.

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