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Women allegedly steal IDs to claim emergency payments

SBS News
Date published
May 2020

Relevant impacts: Financial impact and human impact

Two women from Port Macquarie were arrested after allegedly making suspicious claims for bushfire and coronavirus welfare assistance. The women are alleged to have assumed 25 identities to try to claim more than $27,000 in welfare payments they were not entitled to of which more than $10,000 was paid.

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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.

Collaborate with strategic partners such as other government entities, committees, working groups and taskforces. This allows you to share capability, information and intelligence and to prevent and disrupt fraud.

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