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Woman \’faked father\’s bushfire death\’

Posted on 03/30/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

Police say the 31-year-old, from Sunshine, claimed a $10,000 compassion and bereavement handout from the Victoria Bushfire Appeal Fund, and $5,000 from Centrelink\’s funeral fund.

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The Centrelink payment was approved, but the Bushfire Appeal request was turned down after security checks revealed there was no relationship between the woman and the dead man whose name she used.

Detectives from the Melbourne Criminal Investigation Unit charged her with attempting to obtain property by deception and obtaining property by deception.

The woman was bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates\’ Court on April 14.

If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

News of the charges came as Victorian authorities warned “sharks” and “vultures” were trying to cash in on the disaster.

Collection tins stolen

The state government has condemned property investors who had begun to scout for cheap real estate in fire-ravaged areas, even as bodies were still being recovered.

“Overwhelmingly, we\’ve seen the very best of human behaviour over the last couple of weeks but there are a few sharks out there,” said Premier John Brumby.

“There are a few vultures who have been trying to get in and snap up cheap property while people are vulnerable,” he added, warning families not to sell in haste.

A man was charged earlier this week with stealing collection tins for the fire appeal from hotels in Melbourne, and consumer watchdog Choice has warned against fraudsters.

“During the 2003 Canberra bushfires and the 26 December Asian tsunami, scammers took advantage of people\’s generosity and kindness,” it said.

“Such scams involve people collecting money by pretending to be a real charity. Not only do these scams cost people money, they also divert much needed donations away from legitimate charities and causes.”

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