A 49-year-old woman has been busted allegedly posing as a volunteer firefighter to claim relief funds of almost $200,000.
Detectives in NSW launched an investigation after becoming suspicious when multiple submissions for the bushfire volunteer firefighter payment were made between January and June this year.
Police allege the woman submitted a whopping 522 false claims online and was paid for 34 of them, totalling more than $190,000.
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Officers executed a search warrant at the woman’s Lithgow home on Wednesday, where she was taken into custody.
The woman was taken to Lithgow Police Station and charged with 34 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, as well as four attempts.
Several items including clothing, electrical items and identification were seized from her property.
“The woman is not – and never has been – a volunteer firefighter,” NSW police said in a statement.
The woman was granted strict conditional bail to appear before Lithgow Local Court on Thursday 28 January 2021.