Twist in & # 39; fake daycare & # 39; saga: mom claims she was & # 39; duped into $ 4 million Centrelink scam & # 39; – since THIRTY-FIVE accused syndicate members appear before a magistrate
- Red Roses Family Day Care is said to have been subsidized by the government
- Members are accused of pretending to care for each other's children
- Allegedly they used photos & # 39; s of children, played places and fake grills
- The police broke it and arrested dozens of people allegedly involved
- Alleged leader Alee Farmann vowed to fight the indictment when he stood in court
- The group claimed to have claimed $ 4 million and Farmann potted $ 30,000 a month
Mothers accused of being part of a & # 39; fake daycare & # 39; of $ 4 million, protected their faces – and one claimed her innocence – when they first came to court.
Thirty-five people were confronted with a court in southwest Sydney on Monday for allegations of participating in a fraud saying their children were going to the Red Roses Daycare Center.
But the police claim that the children's center never really existed and was just one way for a huge syndicate of up to 150 people to get millions of people from Centrelink.
At least 17 accused appeared for the first time today in Liverpool, where an accused woman's lawyer said her client was involved in the scheme.
& # 39; She's innocent … She's all I can say. She is a victim, & # 39; said lawyer Betty Abou Hamad.
Mrs. Abou Hamad said her client did not speak English and & # 39; someone trapped her & # 39; in the alleged scam.
One of the many women standing in court today protected her face and held her lawyers firmly as she walked a media glove outside a southwestern court of Sydney
Several women at Liverpool Court protected their faces with face scarves, handbags, and sunglasses
& # 39; She is innocent. She is the victim is all I can say & # 39 ;, lawyer Betty Abou Hamad (center) said today about her client (not pictured) out of court
Also at the front was the alleged leader of the daycare, Alee Farmann.
Farmann's lawyer said & # 39; of course & # 39; that he would challenge the indictment of what he claims to be the biggest fraud of his kind in New South Wales history.
No resources have been charged.
The police claim that the scam was so complicated that it even involved fake graduations, timesheets and fixed schedules.
The police also claimed that the effort was more organized than an illegal motorcycle gang.
Alee Farmann (right) is the alleged leader of the $ 4 million scam to cheat Australian taxpayers with a so-called counterfeit daycare
Farmann's lawyer (right) said & # 39; of course & # 39; that his client will fight the charge, and said he will make more comments about the case in the future
There were farcical scenes today in the courtroom itself, with the magistrate admitting only the lawyers for the accused members of the syndicate.
Prosecutors said that judicial forensic accounting work will not be completed until the end of November when the case comes to court.
Meanwhile, extensive translation work of evidence – such as Arabic text messages – will not be completed until April of next year.
The crux of the matter is that the police claim that as many as 150 parents have used the company to fraudulently obtain a Commonwealth discount of up to $ 146 per week per child.
The police have claimed that some parents each claimed fraudulent discounts for between three and seven children in the daycare.
A public prosecutor rolls many of the files out of the courtroom after brief orders were issued on Monday
Investigators claim that the day care center has put a lot of effort into making their alleged fraud really seem.
But within the months the entire alleged plot collapsed.
At the first wave of arrests in May, police raided 23 properties from southwest Sydney to Wollongong.
Three people were charged with leading a criminal group and 14 with participation.
One of the women indicted at the time is said to have $ 35,000 in cash in her handbag when she was arrested at her home in South Granville.
The police have seized cash and a new Range Rover, along with large amounts of documentation, including company data, and two electronic monitoring devices.
Another 22 people were accused of the alleged syndicate last month.
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