Comm Games baton bearer sentenced over welfare fraud

Motivational speaker John Coutis OAM has been sentenced to five years jail, released immediately for welfare fraud.

A court has found the disability advocate did not declare more than $1.4 million in income as an international speaker over the last 12 years, while he was receiving the disability support pension.

It’s understood he was overpaid $130,000.


Several high profile Australians provided character references for the Commonwealth Games baton bearer, including Dawn Fraser and Phil Gould.

Coutis was sentenced to five years jail with immediate parole release in Southport Court today.