WATCH: Trio arrested over alleged COVID superannuation scam

Three Queensland women have been charged, with Police alleging they tried to fraudulently withdraw other people’s retirement savings under the Government’s Early Release Superannuation scheme.

It follows raids across the south-east during the week, including at a Gold Coast home.

Officers executed search warrants at Worongary, Eagleby, Morayfield, Balmoral and Burpengary East on Thursday.


Police seized a number of items including electronic devices that detectives allege say are of significant value to their investigation.

It’s alleged the women submitted several fraudulent applications to the Early Release Superannuation scheme claiming to be other fund-holders.

Under COVID-19 relief measures, people who qualify have been able to access up to $20,000 of their super.

The group is accused of trying to get $113,500.

A 41-year-old woman was arrested following a search of a home at Worongary.

She has been charged with conspiring to dishonestly obtain or deal in personal financial information and fronted court on Friday.

The woman was refused bail to reappear on September 7.

Image: Australian Federal Police

Another 41-year-old woman along with a 36-year-old have been charged with conspiring to dishonestly obtain or deal in personal financial information, conspiring to receive a designated service using a false customer name, conspiring to give false or misleading information to a Commonwealth entity.

The 41-year-old will front Pine Rivers Magistrate Court on September 2, while the 36-year-old will front Southport Magistrates Court on September 4.

AFP Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing says they remain committed to identifying and prosecuting anyone who tries to exploit the system for their own greed and access money for which they are not eligible.

“Make no mistake. If you try to steal the nest eggs of hard-working Australians, we will find you, and charge you,” Deputy Commissioner Pointing said.

“The AFP works around the clock to disrupt and charge offenders who are defrauding the public.”

“These arrests are a timely reminder for Australians to make sure their personal financial details are secure – don’t be an easy target for criminals.”

WATCH: Three women arrested by AFP over alleged superannuation fraud –