Three men accused of fleecing the National Disability Insurance Scheme to the tune of $3.3 million will face court, as the government issues a stern warning to would-be fraudsters.
It’s alleged the men, who know each other, set up or acquired businesses as disability providers before going on to submit false claims for NDIS services that were never provided.
The Australian Federal Police carried out search warrants under the government’s anti-fraud task force across three separate homes in Western Sydney on Tuesday morning.
NDIS Minister Bill Shorten said he was determined to hold people accountable for ripping off the scheme after admitting fraud was a “big problem”.
“There’s nothing worse than stealing from taxpayers and people with disabilities,” he told the ABC.
It’s the second such case of NDIS fraud within a few weeks, after two providers and five people were banned in January.