Bernadette Parker allegedly under-declared her income by nearly $70,000

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Wandandian woman who allegedly defrauded the Commonwealth of more than $27,000.

Bernadette Parker, 34, failed to appear in Nowra Local Court on Friday to face charges of receiving financial advantage from a Commonwealth entity.

In a case brought by the Department of Human Services, it is alleged Parker was receiving a Newstart allowance at a higher rate than she was entitled to.

Court papers stated she received the allowance between June 2012 and October 2015, despite having two casual and part-time jobs.

During that time she allegedly worked with Woolworths and the St Georges Basin IGA but failed to declare all the income to Centrelink.

It is alleged she earned more than $96,000, or on average $1129 per fortnight.

At the same time she was also receiving a Newstart allowance.

Court papers stated she had received more than $32,000 in social security benefits, when she was only eligible to receive $5267 and had therefore been overpaid by $27,378.

Documents said on six occasions she allegedly declared she didn‘t have any her income, while on 79 other occasions she reported some income but not the full amount, under-declaring by close to $70,000.

Magistrate Gabriel Fleming dealt with the matter in her absence and issue a warrant for her arrest.