A Victorian woman has been charged with fraudulently claiming her father was killed in the state's deadly bushfires in order to receive compensation payments.
Victoria Police allege the 31-year-old Sunshine woman made a $10,000 compassion and bereavement application to the Victoria Bushfire Appeal Fund which was denied after its checks found there was no relationship between her and the deceased.
She is also accused of claiming $5,000 from Centrelink's funeral fund which was approved.
Detectives from the Melbourne Criminal Investigation Unit charged her on Thursday night with attempting to obtain property by deception and obtaining property by deception.
She was bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on April 14.
20 Feb 2009
Theoretically the Law is the Law and applies to all equally, but we know better.
There is a different Law of US and THEM.
A matter where someone has committed fraud, against the government, they are charged.
Whereas someone in the stratosphere in society has committed fraud , NOTHING is done.