Sydney man charged with NDIS fraud
This is a joint media release from the Australian Federal Police, the National Disability Insurance Agency and Services Australia.
A 29-year-old man from Sydney was charged with defrauding the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) of more than $ 100,000.
The man from Villawood was born yesterday (Jan.
The 29-year-old man became aware of the NDIA in recent weeks after he was linked to a suspected fraudulent provider.
A search warrant was carried out against the man and his vehicle in Carramar, where investigators confiscated several electronic items and documents. A second search warrant was carried out in the man’s home and other electronic items were confiscated. The confiscated items will be forensically examined and further charges cannot be ruled out.
Police will charge the man with more than $ 123,000 in failure to provide services.
The man was accused of obtaining a financial advantage through deception, contrary to Section 134.2 of the 1995 Criminal Code (Cth). The maximum sentence for this offense is ten years in prison.
He was released on bail to appear in Fairfield County Court on October 20, 2021.
AFP Commander Crime Geoffrey Turner said AFP and its partners remain committed to preventing fraud against this important Commonwealth assistance program.
“Scamming the NDIS hurts the most vulnerable in our community and robs them of the help and support they deserve,” Commander Turner said.
âWe have seen many people try to commit fraud and hide their tracks, but our officials are committed to staying one step ahead and holding them accountable to ensure that NDIS funds get to the people, them the program should help. “
Melissa Woodburn, NDIA’s chief risk officer, said today’s arrest is another example of a zero-tolerance approach to fraud against NDIS.
“Participants, families and carers should have full confidence that the NDIA, through the NDIS Task Force, will prevent, detect and respond to this type of criminal behavior,” said Ms. Woodburn.
Services Australia general manager Hank Jongen said the arrest was meant to serve as a warning to anyone willing to commit fraud.
“Our close relationship with our AFP and NDIA partners means we can quickly find, investigate and stop fraud,” said Jongen.
“We have a responsibility to discourage people from making payments that really support those in need.”