Police charge woman after sharing private data for fraudulent activity

A public servant will face court today after she was charged for allegedly accessing private customer information and sharing it to assist in making fraudulent claims.

In December 2021, a 23-year-old man was charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in relation to alleged fraudulent applications made against Government financial relief schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters, estimated to the value of $150,150.

In October 2022, detectives attached to the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad commenced a further investigation under Strike Force Malton, following allegations the man had received data from a NSW Government employee.

Following inquiries, strike force investigators executed a search warrant at a unit on the Hume Highway, Bankstown, about 6.20am on Thursday 3 November 2022.

During the search, police located and seized a number of items, including electronic equipment, a mobile phone and other documentation; this all underwent further forensic examination.

A 22-year-old woman was arrested at the unit and taken to Bankstown Police Station.

She was charged with one count of deal in identification info and use it to commit fraud.

Police will allege in court the woman was an employee of a state government agency and accessed personal data which was then shared with the 23-year-old man to make fraudulent applications in the Government financial relief schemes.

She was granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court today (Wednesday 14 December 2022).

Inquiries continue.

Anyone with information about fraudulent activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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