Unlawful use of funding leads to fraud conviction
The former general manager of Papunya Community Store Aboriginal Corporation was convicted of 2 criminal offences after using funding obtained for the construction of a 'Community Hub' to pay various personal debts.
A National Indigenous Australians Agency staff member initially questioned a budget spreadsheet and requested more evidence and explanation for expenditure. After reviewing additional material supplied by the former general manager, these concerns were escalated to the Program Compliance and Fraud Branch for investigation.
The Alice Springs Local Court imposed a fine of $5000 and a sentence of 4 months imprisonment, which was suspended conditional on being of good behaviour for 2 years.