Vulnerable families were forced to make cutbacks including rationing nappies after falling victim to a man who rorted a disability scheme of more than $350,000 to fund his luxury lifestyle.
Mohamed Osman Omar swindled $370,336 and attempted to get another $85,099 from the National Disability Insurance Scheme last year.
The 37-year-old made 332 requests on behalf of unwitting families for payment from the NDIS through a company registered on its website between June and August 2018.
While his victim’s struggled to cope without the funds the greedy fraudster splashed cash on a new BMW, a Toyota HiLux and expensive watches.
“You were motivated by your desire for personal enrichment in the form of luxury goods,” County Court Judge Julie Condon told Omar.
The offending was “clearly motivated by greed and not need.”
Omar also blew $14,000 of taxpayer money at high-end retailer Louis Vuitton, the court was previously told.
The Somali-born man went on holiday to Egypt and continued offending abroad, splurging on friends and relatives.
“By your actions you have deprived some of the most vulnerable people in our community of funds,” the judge said.
As Omar spent big, a mother of two autistic twin girls was forced to ration nappies because she couldn’t afford more.
She was left angry and frustrated because she was unable to support her daughters.
“I do not understand why anyone would take money from the people who would need it most,” another victim said.
The offending was “calculated and sustained” but unsophisticated because Omar didn’t conceal the fraud and listed himself as the director of the company involved and used his own bank account.
The offending reflected a “predilection for luxury items”, the judge said.
Money from the sale of the cars, watches and other goods had been used to repay the government.
Omar had no prior convictions, his wife was expecting a baby in February and was a good prospect for rehabilitation, the court was told.
He was jailed for four years for the scam and must spend at least two-and-a-half years behind bars before qualifying for parole.