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Woman charged over $190k allegedly fraudulent volunteer firefighter claims

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A woman has been charged after allegedly posing as a volunteer firefighter to claim relief funds of more than $190,000.

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A NSW woman allegedly posed as a volunteer firefighter to fraudulently claim more than $190,000 in relief funds.

Investigations began after a number of applications were made between January 17 and June 20 this year for the bushfire volunteer firefighter payments.

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NSW Police said the Lithgow woman, 49, made 522 online claims and was paid for 34, which totalled more than $190,000.

Under the scheme, volunteers could claim up to $6000.

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Detectives searched the woman’s Calero Street home on Wednesday and arrested her.

Items including clothing, electrical items and identification were also seized.

The suspect was charged with 34 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and four counts of attempting to do so.

She was granted strict conditional bail to appear before Lithgow Local Court in January.

“The woman is not – and never has been – a volunteer firefighter,” NSW Police said in a statement.

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