A medical clinic owner defrauded the Commonwealth of more than $3.3 million by claiming rebates for services not given to over 5,870 different patients. He deleted the claims from the clinic's practice management software shortly after submitting them in order to avoid detection from employees and health practitioners of the clinic. The investigation was commenced when several members of the public made enquiries about their claim history for services they had neither sought nor received. The man pleaded guilty to 6 charges of fraud under the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) and was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
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A 45-year-old man conspired to defraud the Commonwealth of $10.5 million by engaging in fraudulent behaviour during the construction of a golf course. He used multiple related companies and grossly inflated sale prices between them and then finally failed to remit the Goods & Services Tax to the Australian Taxation Office. In addition his companies failed to supply goods and services to the developments. There were numerous other techniques and attempts to conceal the fraud including large-scale and complex round-robin transactions. The money was not recovered and the man was sentenced to 5 years and 6 months in prison.
Two men from NSW deliberately absorbed $450 million of otherwise assessable income through falsely created losses overseas to evade $135 million in corporate tax. The pair created a web of false identities to aid their deception and siphoned money through the UK, Hong Kong and the UAE via fake domestic and international companies to fund their lavish lifestyles. This approach resulted in $63 million in fraudulent gains. The scheme was described as incredibly complex and one of the largest tax fraud schemes detected in Australia.
An employee defrauded $19 million from her company. The senior accountant used her access to the company's payroll and superannuation accounts to steal the money. The company collapsed shortly afterwards which led to 1,300 people losing their jobs. The accountant pleaded guilty to 24 counts of theft and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Multiple people have been charged and convicted as part of Operation Elbrus which revealed a group of people were using payroll services companies to divert pay-as-you-go withholding tax and goods and services tax owed to the ATO. The group is alleged to have defrauded the Commonwealth of over $105 million over three years. Sixteen people have been charged, with multiple being convicted and sentenced to prison.
Two Commonwealth employees and an associate have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the Commonwealth and abuse of public office. Police allege that the trio used inside knowledge obtained in the course of their employment at the Department of Finance to direct IT contracts to ‘preferred suppliers.’ The trio then allegedly used kickbacks to buy and renovate properties. Police have frozen $7.8 million in assets as part of the investigation.
A former ACT Ambulance Driver was convicted of defrauding Comcare in 2015 after failing to declare his employment as a taxi driver whilst also receiving worker’s compensation benefits, resulting in him being overpaid $64,418.62.
Five people in Melbourne have been charged with defrauding both the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the Child Care Subsidy of $800,000.
A university employee submitted false invoices via the university’s procurement system to fraudulently obtain 198 EFTPOS gift cards valued over $600,000.
Routine checks of the Department of Defence credit card spending detected multiple incidents of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members using their Defence Travel Card for improper purposes.