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Employer lines own pockets with "Back to Work" grants

Queensland Police
Date published
November 2020

Relevant impacts: Human impact, government outcomes impact, financial impact and business impact.

A 45 year-old Brisbane man has been charged for attempting to defraud the Queensland Government’s "Back to Work" program.

The man allegedly submitted multiple fraudulent applications over a 2-year period, allegedly attempting to obtain over $1.2 million from the scheme designed to help employed Queenslanders get back on their feet.

The man allegedly received an actual sum of over $120,000 in fraudulent grants. He has been charged with one count of fraud, attempted fraud, money laundering, possess tainted property and possession of dangerous drugs and 2 counts of dealing with identification information.

Related countermeasures

Collaborate with strategic partners such as other government entities, committees, working groups and taskforces. This allows you to share capability, information and intelligence and to prevent and disrupt fraud.

Use declarations or acknowledgments to both communicate and confirm that a person understands their obligations and the consequences for non-compliance. The declaration could be written or verbal, and should encourage compliance and deter fraud.

Make sure to confirm the identity (an attribute or set of attributes that uniquely describe a subject within a given context) of the person making the request or claim using evidence.

Automatically match data with another internal or external source to obtain or verify relevant details or supporting evidence. This countermeasure is supported by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner's Guidelines on data matching in Australian government administration.

Conduct internal or external audits or reviews to evaluate the process, purpose and outcome of activities. Clients, public officials or contractors can take advantage of weaknesses in government programs and systems to commit fraud, act corruptly, and avoid exposure.

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