Strike Force Sainsbery investigators with assistance from the Service NSW Fraud Response Unit have laid charges against 87 people for allegedly making fraudulent grant applications against NSW Government financial relief schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters.
A Melbourne woman, 24, was sentenced to 5 years and 6 months’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of 4 years for her role in a major international criminal syndicate. It’s estimated the syndicate stole in excess of $3.3million from victims’ superannuation and share trading accounts through fraud and identity theft.
A Brisbane pharmacist charged with defrauding the Commonwealth’s Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme has been ordered to pay $1.9million to the Commonwealth pursuant to section 116(1) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth). The debt will be paid from the sale of restrained assets, including property, shares and cryptocurrency.