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Victorian man arrested for more than 500 false COVID-19 payment requests

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Police arrest man in Melbourne's west over COVID-19 payment scam allegedly worth $60,000

A man has been arrested for allegedly making more than 500 false pandemic payment claims worth approximately $60,000.

Victoria Police discovered large quantities of counterfeit equipment at a home in Melbourne’s west during a fraud investigation into COVID-19 temporary isolation payments lodged during the pandemic.

Detectives seized a card printer, stamping machine, driver’s licenses, fake Medicare and other identification cards, cell phone signal jammers and phones, tablets and computers at a Braybrook home, police said Friday.

Police arrest man in Melbourne’s west over COVID-19 payment scam allegedly worth $60,000

A 41-year-old Braybrook man has been arrested and is expected to be charged by summons with offenses of deception and fraudulent documents.

“More than 500 fraudulent COVID-19 grant applications will be alleged to have been successfully submitted under a variety of false names worth almost $60,000 between 2020 and 2021,” police said in a statement.

The investigation is ongoing.

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