Federal officers raid High Wycombe home after woman allegedly submitted false hardship claims to access superannuation payments worth thousands
A High Wycombe woman has been charged with allegedly submitting multiple false claims to gain early access to superannuation savings, following a raid on her home on Friday by federal officers.
The 34-year-old woman is the fourth person to be charged by the Australian Federal Police anti-fraud Taskforce Iris.
Her arrest follows a referral from the Australian Taxation Office-led Serious Financial Crime Taskforce.
Police will allege the woman submitted several false hardship claims on behalf of other people to access superannuation payments of up to $10,000 each.
It will be alleged that after successfully receiving a hardship payment from her own superannuation account, she transferred the remaining balance into another fund and made another hardship application.
Taskforce Iris investigators executed a search warrant at the woman’s home on Friday where they seized several documents, $1750 cash, ink-based business identification and certification stamps, and electronic devices.
The woman will face Perth Magistrates Court next month on four Commonwealth related charges.
The hardship provision pre-dates the temporary support measures introduced by the Federal Government because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applicants must meet certain criteria to access a payment of up to $10,000 from their superannuation account.
But AFP Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing said the agency was committed to identifying anyone trying to exploit the system.
“Fraud is far from a victimless crime and false applications for these packages undermine the system and can delay access to people who genuinely need help,” he said.
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