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  • Rikki Lambert

Mousetrap closes on alleged relief grant fraudster


New South Wales Police have charged a woman over alleged fraud offences relating to mouse plague relief payments in the state’s Riverina region this year.


Police began investigations last month into claims lodged with Service NSW for Mouse Control Rebate payments. They will allege that $60,000 worth of payments were made from ten banks into 120 different bank accounts.


The NSW government made the rebates available to assist regional residents purchasing baits and other devices to prevent a mouse plague developing in the region during 2021.


Extensive inquiries led to police executing a search warrant at a Ferrier Street home in Lockhart on Thursday morning.


A 31-year-old woman was arrested at the home and a mobile phone and documentation seized.


The woman was charged with ten counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, and one count of deal with identity information to commit an indictable offence.


She was bailed to appear in Wagga Local Court in February.


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