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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
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Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, in writing, on 10 November 2015.

Were there any instances of fraud or theft detected by the department from (a) internal sources, or (b) external sources, that resulted in a cost to the department in 2014-15; if so, (i) what fraud or theft took place, (ii) when did the fraud or theft take place, (iii) what was the cost to the department of this fraud or theft, and (iv) what is being done to prevent the fraud or theft occurring again.


Mr Robert: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Question

Answer

Were there any instances of fraud or theft detected by the department from (a) internal sources, or (b) external sources that resulted in a cost to the department in 2014-15?

There were 263 new cases detected or received from various internal or external sources in 2014-15.

Note: Not all cases received in 2014-15 have been finalised and not all will be substantiated or result in a cost to the department.

if so, (i) what fraud or theft took place?

There were 308 cases of suspected fraud finalised in

2014-15. Of these:

 277 related to entitlements fraud

 31 related to health benefits fraud

(ii) when did the fraud or theft take place?

This is variable. Fraudulent activity may span many years.

(iii) what was the cost to the department of this fraud or theft?

DVA identified $882,036.35 in confirmed fraud and

non-compliance overpayments in 2014-15.

(iv) what is being done to prevent the fraud or theft occurring again?

 

As part of the investigation of individual cases of suspected fraud, DVA may identify process or operational improvements to help prevent future cases of fraud or non- compliance. The nature of these improvements is dependent on the circumstances of the individual case.