Qld woman accused of ripping off drought assistance scheme

A WOMAN will face court later this year, accused of defrauding the Queensland Government’s Drought Relief Assistance Scheme.

It’s alleged the 56-year-old from Prairiem, north of Longreach, falsely made claims over a four-year period to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

She allegedly received payments totaling $131,538.46, and had made claims for a further $129,419.45, which has not been paid.


Police released a statement on Thursday explaining how a “lengthy investigation” had nabbed the alleged fraudster.

She has been slapped with 67 fraud related charges, with Police to alleged the false claims related to the “Transport of fodder and Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate” over several years from 2013 to 2017.

The woman will appear before the Hughenden Magistrates Court in August.

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