• Tony Bosworth

Freemans Reach woman charged over alleged $250,000 fraud of not-for-profit treatment centre

A 43-year-old Freemans Reach woman was arrested at her home yesterday by Inner West detectives and charged with allegedly defrauding a not-for-profit treatment centre of almost $250,000 by using a deceased patient’s details.

It will be alleged by police the woman – who was an employee at the centre - put in fraudulent expense forms to the centre for a patient who had passed away and those funds were then allegedly paid into the employee’s bank account.

In March, detectives from Inner West Police Area Command began an investigation after the not-for-profit treatment centre reported suspected fraudulent activity within their reimbursement systems.

Following extensive investigations, police arrested the woman at her home at Freemans Reach at midday yesterday - Wednesday.

She was taken to Windsor Police Station, where she was charged with two counts dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

Police will allege in court the woman, who was an employee at the centre, defrauded the centre of $244,105.99 between 2018 and 2021.

The Freemans Reach woman was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Windsor Local Court on Thursday June 24.

Investigations are continuing.

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