Australian Federal Police arrested a group of 5 people who allegedly stole $1.1 million from those managing the affairs of 70 people with National Disability Insurance Scheme plans. The group allegedly established 3 registered providers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme and provided over-inflated invoices or no service at all. If found guilty of the alleged offences, they face between 12 months and up to 10 years in prison.
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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.
Vulnerabilities within the Australian Government’s Home Insulation Scheme led to systemic fraud. By April 2010 there were 961 cases where more than one insulator had submitted a claim for payment for insulating the same premises. All were referred for further investigation.
A well-organised child care fraud syndicate allegedly defrauded the Commonwealth Government’s Family Day Care Program of $4 million over a 10 month period.
A researcher from the University of Queensland claimed to have undertaken research on treatment strategies for Parkinson’s Disease, however the research was never carried out and their research article was entirely fabricated. After learning about the fraud, a second academic chose to continue the fraud and apply for grants using the fraudulent research. The two were convicted and sentenced on 22 charges of fraud and attempted fraud. Both were sentenced to 2 years in prison. This was Australia's first criminal prosecution for research fraud.
A man has been charged with allegedly assisting members of the public to fraudulently obtain Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments that were intended to support victims of the NSW bushfires. Services Australia received a tip-off that the man was allegedly calling the hotline to claim payments on behalf of other people even though they were not adversely affected by the NSW bushfires. He would then receive payments or benefits in return. The man also allegedly threatened potential witnesses to the fraud.
Four people have been charged by the Australia Federal Police (AFP) for allegedly submitting false claims to gain early access to superannuation savings.
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.
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.