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Unsophisticated methodology nets $60,000 in fraudulent mouse plague relief funds

ABC News
Date published
April 2023

Relevant impacts: Financial impact, Business impact and Government system impact.

A 31-year-old woman fraudulently claimed $60,000 through the NSW mouse plague rebate scheme. Over a 10-month period, 120 payments were received into 120 different bank accounts. All bank accounts were created in the woman’s name, with a unique email address.

After pleading guilty to 10 charges of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and one of dealing with identity information to commit an indictable offence, the woman was sentenced to:

  • a 2-year intensive corrections order to be served in the community
  • 300 hours of community service
  • repaying the fraudulently obtained funds.

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