A former Darwin IT worker at the Defence Department has pleaded guilty to using forged documents for sick leave.
The Darwin Magistrates Court heard Michael Wise, 32, took a total of 10 days’ sick leave over a three-year period.
He provided his employer with six doctors certificates, but his boss became suspicious and realised the certificates were identical, except for the date.
She called the doctor on the certificate, who confirmed Wise had not visited the GP on those dates.
The court heard Wise was paid more than $2000 for his time off.
His lawyer said he was depressed and had done something “very stupid”.
He said Wise was extremely embarrassed and could no longer work in places requiring security clearance.
He was convicted and put on a 12-month good behaviour bond.