Cash money Photo:Barry Leddicoat / Sunshine Coast Daily
Cash money Photo:Barry Leddicoat / Sunshine Coast Daily Barry Leddicoat

Not paying $200 toll bill to cost woman $19,000

A FORMER Gympie sprinter and ex-call girl is facing 18 years of financial pain at the hands of the Queensland Government because she changed address several times in a year.

The Courier Mail reported on Sunday that Emilie Jayne Welch's $200 in unpaid tolls had spiralled into a $19,000 SPER debt.

Ms Welch told The Courier Mail she had missed warning notices and increasing penalties because she moved houses several times within a 12-month period.

She said finding out about the $19,000 in fines and penalties in 2013 had come at an "emotionally difficult" point in her life which included the end of her sporting career, getting out of work as a private escort and heading back to university to study social work.

"I was quite shocked when it all happened," she told The Courier Mail.

"It was among a lot of horrible issues at the time and it was too much to deal with.

"I wanted to fight it be emotionally I didn't have the capacity to fight it."

Ms Welch said she was paying her huge debt off $42 a fortnight under a payment plan which will take her about 18 years to complete.

A SPER spokesman told The Courier Mail that to accrue $200 in unpaid fines a person would have to travel on toll roads without paying about 50 times.

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