A 42-year-old Sydney woman was last night charged with breaching her bail conditions and attempting to pervert the course of justice following her first arrest by National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Fraud Taskforce investigators last week (25 September 2020).
The woman was originally charged with 21 counts of obtaining a financial advantage by deception and had $5.3 million worth of assets restrained by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The previous media release can be found here.
It will be alleged the Auburn woman has since breached her bail conditions by contacting witnesses to the matter for which she was previously charged.
The woman was arrested yesterday afternoon by New South Wales Police officers at Auburn Police Station and has been charged with breach of bail, contrary to section 77(1)(e) of the Bail Act 2013 (NSW) and attempting to pervert the course of justice, contrary to section 43(1) of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth). She is due to face Burwood Local Court today (1 October 2020).
Operation Pavo – comprising members from the AFP’s Taskforce Iris, National Disability Insurance Agency and Services Australia, was established earlier this year to target the threat of fraud against the Government’s financial support provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anyone with information about suspected fraud involving the NDIS should contact the Fraud Reporting Hotline on 1800 650 717.
Reports of other suspected criminal activity, including fraud against other government support measures, can be made by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.