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Man allegedly assumes multiple IDs to claim bushfire and COVID-19 benefits

Department of Home Affairs
Date published
May 2020

Relevant impacts: Financial impact, reputational impact and business impact

A Sydney man was arrested over alleged fraudulent claims for Australians affected by the recent bushfires and coronavirus. It is alleged that the man had assumed up to 11 identities and created 53 fictitious identities to submit claims for Commonwealth Government benefits. The value of the alleged fraudulent payments is approximately $70,000. 

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