Director of disability service providers charged with defrauding NDIS of more than $2million
A woman in charge of four NDIS service providers is behind bars charged with ripping off more than $2million from taxpayers.
Ebtesam Ibrahim Hamoud Fahmy ,who is a director of four disability service providers in western Sydney, was arrested after a series of raids orchestrated by a specialist NDIS fraud taskforce in July and August.
The raids at Casula, Potts Hill and Liverpool, seized boxes of paperwork, mobile phones, computers, banking documents and other evidence against the four providers, two of which had their registration immediately suspended.
Investigators allege Ms Fahmy, 54, was the subject of more than 15 tip-offs, which included that her services were collaborating with participants, who were paid kickbacks, to defraud the Commonwealth.
A western Sydney woman has been jailed while she faces charges of defrauding the NDIS of more than $2billion
At a court appearance in Liverpool on Wednesday Ms Fahmy faced charges of dishonestly intending to obtain a gain and recklessly dealing in the proceeds of crime.
She was refused bail until she can make an application at Downing Centre Local Court next month.
The registration of two providers was immediately suspended with notices
Intention notices to ban Ms Fahmy, another woman and the four registered and unregistered NDIS providers have been issued.
NDIS Minister Bill Shorten told the Daily Telegraph that he could not comment on a case before the courts but warned those who might think western Sydney was a s’oft touch’ for fraudsters.
‘They severely underestimate my determination to get rid of the crooks,’ Mr Shorten said.
‘The people of Western Sydney are supplying a lot of valuable information because they don’t want these vultures hanging around their streets exploiting people with disabilities.
NDIS Minister Bill Shorten said fraudsters skim as estimated $6billion every year from the program
‘The National Disability Insurance Agency continues to assess every tip-off it receives, and will investigate if there’s any indication someone is looking to skim money from the people for whom it is intended.’
Last year Mr Shorten vowed to crack down on crooks ripping off the subsidy program for people with disabilities through fake and vastly inflated invoices.
He said estimated $6billion is being pocketed out by crooks dipping into the $30billion program.