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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Kahibah woman charged over fraudulent bushfire relief claims

A Hunter woman has been charged for allegedly lodging several fraudulent claims, totalling $20,000, for bushfire disaster relief at Kahibah, near Lake Macquarie.

In April 2020, detectives were attached to Strike Force Roche to investigate fraudulent claims for bushfire disaster compensation.

An investigation started into entitlements made by a 27-year-old woman through her Charlestown business.

About 2.15pm on Tuesday 22 December, strike force detectives arrested the female in Charlestown.

She was then taken to Belmont Police Station.

The woman from Kahibah was charged with dishonestly obtain property by deception (x2) and attempt dishonestly obtain property by deception (x4).

Police will allege in court she lodged several bushfire disaster relief claims whereby she fraudulently obtained $20,000.

It is further alleged four applications were declined totalling $32,000.

She was granted conditional bail to appear in Wellington Local Court on Tuesday 19 January, 2021.