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Woman charged over council fraud allegations

FOLLOWING a long investigation by Tasmania Police and the Central Highlands Council, a woman has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of fraud.

In a statement, Oatlands Police said the allegations related to events in period from 2013 until this year, involving property allegedly obtained from various suppliers of Central Highlands Council to a value of $135,000.

“A 37-year-old Bothwell woman has been bailed to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court at 9.30am on 4 November 2020,” a police spokesman said. The charges are:

  • Five counts of stealing
  • 111 counts of fraud
  • Seven counts of dishonestly acquiring a financial advantage
  • One count of forgery and one count of uttering.

Central Highlands Council mayor Loueen Triffitt confirmed that the council had conducted an investigation with police, which culminated in a former employee facing charges. Councillor Triffitt said the council had no further comment to make at this time.

NOTE TO READERS: Wikipedia says forgery creates a falsified document and uttering is the act of knowingly passing on or using the forged document.

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