A Sydney couple recently pleaded guilty to defrauding the National Disability Insurance Scheme of $1.5 million through a criminal syndicate that earned some members upwards of $50,000 a day. Alaedine Rifai, 41, and his partner Amal Hilmi, 36, were arrested in May last year for their role in the group, which saw three registered providers linked to the couple falsely claim for services by lodging inflated invoices, and invoices for services which were not delivered, or delivered only in part. The couple and their associates used the funds gained to purchase luxury cars, watches, jewellery, property and land, while victims were left out of pocket and unable to pay for the supports they needed. Their arrests and charges followed a 6 month investigation by the NDIS fraud taskforce last year.
On March 5th of this year the Senate Community Affairs Estimates Committee met to answer questions relating to the NDIS, including fraud. The NDIA told Senators that since the scheme began about 17,000 NDIS participants have had their plans “topped up” because they lost funds due to fraud or “money being inappropriately removed”. The total amount of money replaced was about $8 million. The NDIA also said they had 12 fraud investigations live right now, with 2 cases before the courts. Some estimates have stated that fraud may account for up to 10% of funds claimed through the $22 billion scheme, meaning that fraud in the NDIS may account for more than $2 billion dollars each year.
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