A Queensland businessman claimed over $228,328 in Goods & Services Tax refunds which his company wasn’t entitled to. A comprehensive audit found there was no evidence of sales or purchases reported by the entity during this period to support these claims. The company director told auditors he was in the business of buying and selling vehicles (claiming to have sold around 20). He also claimed to have received an inheritance that allowed him to spend over $2.4 million on expenses and purchases. The man was sentenced to 3 years in prison.
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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.
A general practitioner made 2,349 Medicare claims for services he did not provide. These false claims were submitted over a two year period and defrauded Medicare of $175,266. The investigation was commenced when his colleagues raised the alarm about potential false billing with the Department of Human Services. The man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 3 years in prison.
A Tasmanian woman lied about her marital status four times over the course of six years to receive $160,766 in Centrelink benefits to which she was not entitled. She stated she was a single mother when she was actually living with her partner who she married in 2011. The registered address she used was a bush block with no actual residence and the landlord did not exist. This investigation commenced after a tip off to Services Australia. The woman received 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to the charges.
A sole trader of a home styling business lodged 32 monthly Business Activity Statements with the Australian Taxation Office to fraudulently obtain $138,076 in Goods & Services Tax refunds. The woman supplied false documents to the Australian Taxation Office to support these statements and claims.
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 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.
An Albury woman used her child care business to fraudulently claim the Special Child Care Benefit, which is meant to subsidise children from disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds. On 80 occasions the woman forged documents to fraudulently claim $3,646,269.72 in child care benefits. The woman lied about when the children attended and the number of hours the children attended care. She also claimed a much higher hourly rate than the standard one charged. The woman was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
An insurance broker engaged in dishonest conduct by diverting 51 client refunds to personal accounts held in his name, totalling $199,391. The man was found guilty of 7 counts of fraud and sentenced to 2 years and 9 months in prison. He was also ordered to repay $29,951.30.
Four people have been charged by the Australia Federal Police (AFP) for allegedly submitting false claims to gain early access to superannuation savings.