Melbourne fraud network charged over $800,000 NDIS and child care fraud
Relevant impacts: Human impact, Government outcomes impact and Financial impact.
Five people in Melbourne have been charged with defrauding both the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the Child Care Subsidy of $800,000.
The principal offender is a mother of 7, with a child on an NDIS plan. She is accused of spending some of the NDIS funds allocated for her child for herself. The woman is also accused of setting up NDIS provider businesses to exploit people with a disability for profit.
It is alleged that due to the business, 6 people with disability did not receive the full level of care they were entitled to. On top of this, the woman is accused of fraudulently obtaining benefits by employing her romantic, live-in partner as the carer of her children. The Australian Federal Police allege that the man instead worked at his business and the subsidy rebate was used to employ nannies.
All face jail terms if convicted.