A Victorian man who defrauded the National Disability Insurance Agency of more than $300,000 has been jailed for at least 16 months.
Chief Judge Peter Kidd said Mitchell John Landry had "seized the opportunity to cheat the system" in his "not overly sophisticated" offending.
The 23-year-old, who in March pleaded guilty to defrauding and attempting to defraud the NDIA, was sentenced to three years in prison.
The County Court heard Landry, the owner of Mitchell's Mowing and Property Services, received more than $342,940.51 for false service bookings he made to the NDIA in 2018.
Landry, from Bendigo, also pleaded guilty to attempting to defraud the NDIA of a further $156,338.42.
Last month, the court was told Landry had paid back the money to the NDIA.
Landry's business initially provided legitimate services, for which he received payments from the NDIA.
But Landry went on to make the fraudulent claims, including more than 1000 hours of work for a client in NSW over an eight-month period, and more than 1200 hours of work for another client in an overlapping time frame.
He accessed the accounts of 24 NDIS participants through his fraudulent actions.
The court heard Landry used the money he received from the NDIA to buy a Mercedes Benz Sprint Van and several properties in the Bendigo area.
In a victim impact statement, the mother of one NDIS participant said she now had issues in trusting the NDIS and feared it would happen again.
Defence counsel Charles Morgan last month tendered a report from a clinical neuropsychologist, which showed Landry had a longstanding fixation with money.
The report also noted there was a causal link between Landry's autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and his offending, although it was hard to determine the extent of that connection.
Mr Morgan said the report also commented that Landry's disorder would make prison more onerous for him.
In 2020, Landry pleaded guilty to charges including fraud and obtaining property by deception, after he defrauded the Transport Accident Commission and Australia Post of thousands of dollars.