NSW Police have arrested a lawyer and two health professionals who allegedly made over a million dollars worth of fraudulent green slip claims.
The Sydney-based lawyer allegedly gave legal advice and assisted syndicate members to submit fraudulent CTP insurance claims. The solicitor has been charged with five counts of fraud and directing the activities of a criminal group.
Two health professionals, aged 30 and 31, were also arrested for allegedly creating fraudulent medical invoices to support their false insurance claims.
Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis says this type of crime is costly to the community.
“This particular fraudulent activity is costing the taxpayers of NSW hundreds of millions of dollars each year – that affects you and me and every member of the community,” he said. (ABC News)
The Fraud Squad has been investigating the alleged syndicate for over a year and has since arrested 16 people. It set up Strike Force Ravens in August 2016 to investigate syndicates manipulating the CTP insurance scheme. (NSW Police)
It appears to be working. Since Strike Force was set up there has been a 24 per cent decrease in the number of soft tissue injury claims made under the CTP scheme.
Detective Superintendent Katsogiannis said many of those claims would have been fraudulent and consequently dropped after people became aware of an increased focus on false claims.
We will keep you updated on the case.
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