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Man uses dual identities to claim dual benefits

Publisher
The Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
Date published
October 2018

Relevant impacts: Reputational impact, business impact and financial impact

A Melbourne man used a second identity to claim and receive the Newstart Allowance and Disability Support Pension at the same time. The total proven amount defrauded was $243,875.26. The fraud was initially detected from data matching activities between the Australian Taxation Office and Services Australia. The man was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

Related countermeasures

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.

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