TWO women have been charged following an investigation into alleged fraudulent family day care payment claims.
The Australian Federal Police began investigating the suspicious ‘family day care’ after receiving a referral from the Department of Education and Training.
“AFP began an investigation into the circumstances of a large number of family day care payments that occurred following the enrolment of more than 1,600 children over a one month period in 2017 by one family day care operator,” Australian Federal Police said in a statement.
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“Claims made for the care of these children totalled more than $5.7 million.”
Police will allege that the two women were part of a group of people who benefited from fraudulent claims made for the reimbursement of costs of the care of each child for up to 14 hours a day, five days a week.
“We will allege in court that this group methodically went about enrolling more than 1600 children for the maximum amount of family day care available, and then claiming full benefits for each of these children,” acting Commander Ferry said.
A 31-year-old woman from Kellyville has been charged with intentionally dealing in proceeds of crime, being money in excess of one million dollars.
A 28-year-old woman, also from Kellyville, has been charged with intentionally dealing in proceeds of crime, being money in excess of one hundred thousand dollars.
The maximum penalty for these offences is 20 and 25 years imprisonment respectively.