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Care provider rorted NDIS out of thousands for services never provided

Boal was arrested as part of Operation Persei, launched by the Australian Federal Police in 2018 to infiltrate a suspected web of scammers.

Her lawyer said she was introduced to the offending by an alleged co-offender, who is yet to enter a plea in court.

Operation Persei was launched by the Australian Federal Police in 2018 to infiltrate a suspected web of scammers.

Operation Persei was launched by the Australian Federal Police in 2018 to infiltrate a suspected web of scammers.Credit:AFP

The alleged co-offender also operated a business registered with the NDIS but it was approved to provide transportation services only.

The court heard Boal agreed to allow the alleged co-offender to submit fraudulent claims worth $23,555 through Internal Life Home Care, for services that had not been provided.

Meanwhile, Caroline Semisi, a family day care educator from Meadow Heights, and Asha Mohamed, a nanny and cleaner from Coburg, submitted false claims for Commonwealth childcare subsidies.

Semisi received more than $29,000 for falsely claiming she had cared for seven children in 2018 and 2019, including those belonging to the alleged co-offender.

According to bank records and her own admissions, she retained about $14,000, which she used for everyday expenses, and transferred some to the alleged co-offender as a kickback for assistance in making the claims.

Mohamed claimed almost $13,000 for caring for the alleged co-offender’s children at a home in Altona. In fact, she had worked as a nanny and cleaner in the alleged co-offender’s home. In-home care is subsidised by the Commonwealth only in special circumstances, which did not apply.

Semisi pleaded guilty to three charges of dishonestly causing a loss to a Commonwealth entity and Mohamed to one charge.

All three will be sentenced in August.

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