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‘It's a disgrace’: Criminal syndicate allegedly targets NDIS participants

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Disability advocates say the onus is on the National Disability Insurance Agency to better screen providers, after members of an organised crime syndicate were arrested for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from the NDIS to buy luxury cars.  

The government’s NDIS fraud squad arrested five people in western Sydney on Wednesday morning, after a six-month investigation uncovered the suspected defrauding of more than 70 people on NDIS plans, or those managing them.

Police allege those arrested used three registered NDIS providers – Universal Group Australia Pty Ltd, Reliance Disability Services and United Mission – to claim more than $1.1 million in NDIS payments.

Authorities also seized a Porsche Cayenne, an Audi A3 and Mercedes E63 believed to have been bought with money from the alleged fraud.  

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Source:
Luke Michael, 2019, Probono Australia (https://probonoaustralia.com.au/)

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