Woman charged over alleged $65,000 fraud - Dubbo

Wednesday, 03 November 2021 05:06:09 AM

Detectives have charged a woman over an alleged fraud relating to a disaster relief scheme in the state’s Central West.

In October this year, detectives attached to Orana Mid-Western Police District commenced an investigation into reports of alleged fraudulent claims for NSW Government disaster relief, designed to help people affected by COVID-19 and the mouse plague.

During the investigation, detectives identified that between August and October 2021 a woman allegedly lodged a number of fraudulent payment applications to the value of $65,000.

Following inquiries, officers executed a search warrant at a home on Thompson Street, Dubbo, about 12pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021.

Officers located and seized documentation, electronic devices, and buprenorphine strips.

A 32-year-old woman was arrested at the home and taken to Dubbo Police Station, where she was charged with dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and possess prohibited drug.

Following further inquiries, the woman was charged with an additional nine counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception on Friday 29 October 2021.

She has been refused bail to appear at Dubbo Local Court today (Wednesday 3 November 2021).