Five charged over alleged large-scale Medicare fraud
FIVE people are before the courts in Sydney and police investigations are continuing into the alleged use of stolen and fabricated medical records to defraud Medicare of more than $500,000.
According to a NSW Police media statement, the investigation started in September 2015, after police executed an unrelated search warrant at a home in Rosemeadow.
During the search, police seized patient records allegedly stolen from medical facilities in Campbelltown, Mount Annan, Harrington Park, Eagle Vale and Holsworthy.
Detectives from Campbelltown Local Area Command subsequently formed Strike Force Board to investigate a syndicate allegedly using stolen medical records to defraud Medicare.
This is an ongoing joint investigation with the Federal Government's Department of Human Services.
As a result of Strike Force Board inquiries, police have arrested four alleged syndicate members from Sydney's south-west, specifically:
- A 32-year-old Claymore man arrested in Campbelltown about 7.15pm yesterday. He is charged with 19 counts of obtain financial advantage by deception. The man was refused bail and is was to appear in Campbelltown Local Court today.
- A 28-year-old St Helens Park man arrested after presenting himself to Campbelltown Police on Monday. He is charged with 19 counts of obtain financial advantage by deception. The man was granted bail to in Campbelltown Local Court on April 18.
- A 31-year-old Claymore woman arrested on November 18, 2015. She is charged with 16 counts of possess identity information to commit indictable offence, one count of deal with proceeds of crime, and 12 counts of obtain financial advantage by deception. The woman is currently on bail, and due to appear in Campbelltown Local Court on March 29.
- A 30-year-old Rosemeadow man arrested on November 17, 2015. He is charged with 12 counts of possess identity information to commit indictable offence and 10 counts of obtain financial advantage by deception. The man is refused bail and is next due to appear in Campbelltown Local Court on March 21.
Police allege the syndicate members used stolen medical records or fabricated medical documentation to make thousands of fraudulent Medicare claims totalling more than $320,000.
Strike Force Board also resulted in the arrest of a 40-year-old Chatswood man on February 4.
While not involved with the syndicate, it will be alleged this man also committed fraud offences against Medicare. These totalled more than $200,000.
He remains in custody, and is next due to appear in Hornsby Local Court on March 16.
Strike Force Board is an ongoing investigation, and police anticipate making more arrests.