Insurance & Claims Fraud

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Definition of Fraud (Australia)
  • For the purpose of the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines, fraud against the Commonwealth is defined as:
    • Dishonestly obtaining a benefit by deception or other means.
  • This definition includes:
    • theft;
    • obtaining property, a financial advantage or any other benefit by deception;
    • causing a loss, or avoiding or creating a liability by deception;
    • providing false or misleading information to the Commonwealth, or failing to provide information where there is an obligation to do so;
    • making, using or possessing forged or falsified documents;
    • bribery, corruption or a buse of office;
    • unlawful use of Commonwealth computers, vehicles, telephones and other property or services;
    • relevant bankruptcy offences; and
    • any offences of a like nature to those listed above.
  • The benefits referred to can be either tangible or intangible. Examples include:
    • hacking into, or interfering with a Commonwealth computer system;
    • using a false identity to obtain income support payments;
    • using Commonwealth systems to gain access to other systems without authority;
    • charging the Commonwealth for goods or services that are incomplete or not delivered;
    • hiding or disposing of assets by bankrupts to avoid paying creditors; and
    • making false statements under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.
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