A registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) services provider accessed the accounts of 230 Scheme participants between June and August 2018. He made 392 requests for payment from the NDIS for services that he did not provide. He pleaded guilty to defrauding the NDIS of more than $370,000 and attempting to obtain a further amount of more than $85,000. The man was sentenced to 4 years in prison.
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A Melbourne woman was convicted of fraud after using $600,000 worth of resident’s deposits from an Aged Care facility. The company went into liquidation shortly afterwards leaving 42 residents without a home and debts of $4.5 million. She deceived residents when she told them their deposit money would be held in a trust account and that interest gained from the money would be used to reduce accommodation fees.
A Sydney man pretended to be a tax agent to more than 1,000 people and charged them $100 for his services. He also stole $12,866.62 worth of tax refunds from several people by changing their myGov account details to direct the funds to his account. The man received a 2.5 year prison sentence to be served in the Community. He had his assets seized and was also ordered to pay compensation to the Australian Taxation Office and his victims.
A criminal group coerced a government employee to leak personal information in exchange for cash. The government employee obtained the information from a Department of Human Services' system and sent it by text message to alleged gang members. The criminal group then used the information to assume the identities of innocent people and commit further crimes. The employee pleaded guilty to participating in a criminal group, dealing in identification information and dishonestly receiving a benefit. She was sentenced to 32 months jail.
A Brisbane man used two aliases to arrange an elaborate online job scam through various companies to steal the identities of 52 taxpayers. He lodged 62 fraudulent income tax returns and attempted to obtain over $565,000 in refunds. After conducting fake interviews over the phone the fraudster would email applicants to confirm they had been successful in their application for the job. He would also request a scanned copy of their driver’s license, bank account details, tax file number and shirt size. He used this information to fraudulently create myGov accounts. If they already had an account he used the information to take over their account and change the details as required. He would then link the myGov accounts to Australian Taxation Office’s online services where he would lodge false income tax returns in their names. The man was charged with 106 offences and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
A Mildura man used phoenix behaviour to illegally fail to remit more than $664,000 in PAYG from his forty nine employees for the ATO. He also arranged for more than 136 false income tax returns to be lodged on behalf of forty nine of his employees. Many of the tax returns were lodged on behalf of people on working holiday visas using identities of former employees who had departed Australia. In total $187,994 in tax refunds was repaid. The man was also sentenced to 6 months in prison.
A Bangladeshi national created documents using the then Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship seal in an effort to extract fees for visa applications, which were never lodged. He defrauded 23 Singapore-based Bangladeshi construction workers. He was also found to have falsely represented himself as an immigration official to seven people in July 2011 during which he told the ‘applicants’ their visa applications had been delayed but would be progressed. Following payment of the initial fee of $1,510, the applicants were asked to pay further fees for medical examinations.
A former Biosecurity Officer at the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture (as it was then known) abused his position to coordinate the import of animals into Australia illegally. As part of the man’s employment he was responsible for inspecting cargo and specimens being imported into Australia. He used this position of trust and access to take and then sell the animals online. The man was convicted and sentenced to 3 years in prison.
A former managing director of a charity misused Commonwealth grant funding to pay invoices and buy a new car. He fraudulently spent $44,551.26 of public funds that were supposed to rehabilitate Australian land by weeding and planting trees. The grant funding was also meant to provide opportunities for Indigenous training, employment and community engagement activities. The man was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in prison.