When Centrelinks letter arrived two weeks before Christmas, Michael Griffin instinctively knew he was going to be unfairly trapped.
So he meticulously documented, step-by-step, how the system wrongly deemed him to have a $3,197 debt.
Griffins ordeal began when he received the standardised letter from Centrelink, telling him there was a discrepancy between income information held by the Australian taxation office, and what he had reported fortnightly while claiming the dole in 2013.
He was told to go online to his MyGov account to confirm his income details.
Griffin originally claimed benefits between February and May in 2013, receiving a total of $3,754 from Centrelink.
He reported working small amounts in three fortnights wit…