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Fraud and compliance

The TAC is committed to protecting the funds and other assets placed under its control and protection for the benefit of the people of Victoria.  Fraud represents potential risks to these funds and assets.

The TAC will not tolerate fraudulent or corrupt activities against its interests and will vigorously pursue parties engaged in such practices or attempting to do so.

Read the TAC Compliance and Enforcement Policy

How to make a report

Prosecutions

Fraud and the TAC

Fraud is dishonest activity or potential financial loss to the TAC  including theft of moneys or other property by employees or persons external to the TAC. This includes:

  • the deliberate falsification, concealment or destruction of documentation
  • falsified documentation used or intended for use for a normal business purpose
  • the improper use of information or position.

The following are examples of fraudulent behaviour:

  • knowingly submitting a false claim
  • providing false information
  • working whilst on compensation benefits
  • altering a medical certificate
  • submitting false travel expense claims
  • claiming for services which were not given (service providers) and
  • providing false invoices, medical certificates.

Actions that may be taken by the TAC

Following an investigation, the TAC may:

  • Commence criminal proceedings under relevant provisions of the TA Act or relevant criminal legislation
  • Issue a letter of caution to the person
  • Determine whether civil action should be taken to recover compensation amounts overpaid
  • Refer the matter to the Victoria Police, the Coroner, the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) or another body (including professional or trade regulatory bodies such as the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Legal Services  Board) or
  • Take no further action.

Any employee found to have engaged in, or concealed any such behaviour, may be disciplined, and their employment may be terminated.

How to make a report

Should you wish to make a report of fraudulent behaviour or other breaches of the TAC legislation, please contact the TAC's Fraud and Compliance Group by emailing Fraud_Compliance@tac.vic.gov.au or by calling 1800 332 556.

TAC billing review program

The TAC has a Billing Review Program to ensure that payments for services provided to TAC clients are reasonable and appropriate. For more information please refer to:

Prevention, Detecting and Investigating Fraud 2015/16

One of the Forensics Group key deliverables is to discover and deliver factual information to the business to enable a fair compensation scheme.  We continue to focus on enhancing our toolkit of analytical methods and intelligence reporting techniques in order to identify known and unknown behaviours indicative of potential fraud or claim anomalies.  The ongoing development and refinement of this capability is crucial in ensuring effective support of strategic business change through proactively identifying, preventing, and investigating potential fraud and other inappropriate payments in a timely manner.

When endeavouring to reduce fraud across the scheme the following enforcement action was taken during 2015/16.

There were 21 prosecutions finalised through the Magistrates Court. In sixteen (16) cases, a conviction was recorded and a total of $563,655 in restitution was awarded to the TAC.  Nine (9) matters are currently before the courts at various stages where TAC is alleging fraud against the scheme totalling $253,887. Forty-nine (49) warning letters for breaches of the Act relating to fraud and providing false information to the TAC were sent to clients, Medical and Service Providers incorporating demands for reimbursement of $302,205.

The Forensics Group has also continued its focus on ensuring payments made to medical and health practitioners and service providers were appropriate and complied with the relevant TAC policies and fee schedules. Reviews were completed on 15,321 payments made to 223 providers across a wide range of different disciplines. Over $174,000 was reimbursed to the TAC for payments received that providers were not entitled to.

Prosecutions

Date Defendant Court Judge/ Magistrate Result
23 Aug 2016 Christopher P Frankston Magistrates’ Court McRae
  • Plea of Guilty
  • With Conviction
  • Restitution of $3,647.75
  • Fine of $3,500
  • Costs of $500
  • Stay until 20/03/2017
25 Jun 2016 Matthew D Melbourne Magistrates’ Court Bourke
  • Plea of Guilty
  • Without Conviction
  • Restitution of $27,011
  • Fine of $2,500
  • Costs of $500
03 Jun 2016 Tamara K Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court Aumair
  • Plea of guilty
  • With conviction
  • 2 year good behaviour bond commencing 7 June 2016
  • $2,000 fine payable to the Court Fund
  • $46,352.50 Restitution
  • Stay until 6 September 2016
03 Jun 2016 Silvio N Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court Aumair
  • No Plea Taken
  • With Conviction
  • 3 months Imprisonment – suspended for 12 months
  • Restitution of $64,791.91
  • Costs to be agreed with liberty to apply in default of agreement
  • Stay until 5 September 2016
18 May 2016 Sanjay I Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court sitting at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court Reynolds
  • Plea of guilty
  • With conviction
  • Restitution of $21,294.93
  • Costs of $2,200
  • 250 hours Community Corrections Order commencing 18/05/2016 for a period of 24 Months
  • Stay of 3 months
03 May 2016 Stacey E Ringwood Magistrates' Court Wighton
  • Plea of guilty
  • Without conviction
  • Restitution of $10,770.42
  • Fine of $1,000
  • Costs of $500
  • Stay of 3 months
28 Apr 2016 Adrian S Geelong Magistrates' Court John Lesser
  • Plea of guilty
  • Without conviction
  • Restitution of $1,959
  • Costs of $400
  • Fine of $2,000 with payment of $100 per month with the first payment to be made on 1 June and the first day of every month thereafter
  • Stay until 1 June 2016
26 Apr 2016 Ben M Benalla Magistrates' Court Grubissa
  • Plea of guilty
  • With conviction
  • Restitution of $20,757.60
  • Fine of $500
  • 100 hours Community Corrections Order over 12 months
  • Stay of 3 months
16 Mar 2016 Matthew G Ringwood Magistrates' Court White
  • Plea of not guilty
  • With conviction
  • Restitution of $86,174.56
  • Fine of $7,500
  • Costs to be agreed
  • Stay until 14 July 2016
25 Jan 2016 Shaun M Ararat Magistrates' Court Mithen
  • Plea of Guilty
  • With Conviction
  • Restitution of $10,310.40
  • Fine of $2,000
  • Stay of 3 months
07 Jan 2016 Kacey L Melbourne Magistrates' Court Martin
  • Plea of Guilty
  • With Conviction
  • Restitution of $10,650.30
  • Fine of $1,500
  • Statutory Costs of $117.00
  • (Stay of 3 months)
10 Dec 2015 Parminder M Dandenong Magistrates' Court O'Donnell
  • Plea of Guilty
  • Without conviction
  • Restitution of $15,142.63 (Stay until 07/05/2016)
  • Fine of $3,000 (Stay until 07/05/2016)
  • Costs of $500 (Stay until 07/05/2016)
07 Dec 2015 Mandeep L Werribee Magistrates' Court Fitzgerald
  • Plea of Guilty
  • Without Conviction
  • Restitution of $1,205.50 (Stay of 3 months)
  • Fine of $1,000 (Stay of 3 months)
04 Dec 2015 Matthew T Ballarat Magistrates' Court Reardon
  • Plea of Not Guity
  • With Conviction
  • Fine of $1,000 (Stay of 1 month)
  • Costs of $7,095.00 (Stay of 1 month)
04 Nov 2015 Michael V Sunshine Magistrates' Court Mile
  • Plea of guilty
  • With conviction
  • Fine of $3,000 (Stay of 3 months)
  • Costs of $3,740 (Stay of 3 months)
  • Compensation of $19,250 - to be repaid at $100.00 per month by the 3 February 2016.
27 Oct 2015 Arthur P Sunshine Magistrates' Court Pithouse
  • Plea of Guilty
  • With Conviction
  • Restitution of 12,842.32
  • Fine of $4,000 payable in two instalments of $2,000 by 27 November and 27 December 2015
  • Professional Costs of $500
12 Oct 2015 Vishal P Melbourne Magistrates' Court Robinson
  • Plea of guilty
  • Without Conviction
  • Restitution of $1,349.89
  • Fine of $500
  • Cost of $500
  • Stay until 9 January 2016
17 Sep 2015 Warren R Ringwood Magistrates' Court McNamara
  • Plea of guilty
  • With conviction
  • Restitution of $21,513.40 - payable $30 per fortnight commencing 30 September 2015
  • Fine of $500
  • Statutory costs of $117
06 Aug 2015 Elizabeth E Ringwood Magistrates' Court Sargent
  •  Plea of guilty
  • With Conviction
  • Restitution of $42,988.35
  • Community Corrections Order of 12 months with 100 hours to be completed
  • Accused to report to Ringwood Community Correctional Services by 10/08/2015
  • Professional Costs of $500.00
05 Aug 2015 Brian S Echuca Magistrates' Court Doherty
  • Plea of guilty
  • With conviction
  • Restitution of $70,939.63 
  • Community Corrections Order of 18 months with 300 hours to be completed
  • Accused to report to Bendigo Corrections by 07/08/2015
  • Professional costs of $1,500
15 Jul 2015 Shane S Heidelberg Magistrates' Court Wallington
  • Plea of Guilty
  • Without Conviction
  • 12 month adjourned undertaking of good behaviour 
  • Restitution of $5,803.50 to be paid by 11/09/2015 if not paid by due date, the accused is to be brought back to court to be re-sentenced.
10 Jun 2015 Nicholas B Moorabbin Magistrates' Court Martin
  • Plea of Guilty
  • With Conviction
  • Fine of $2,500
  • Legal Costs of $500.00
  • Statutory Costs of $113.90
  • Restitution of $2,103.90
  • Stay of 3 months
19 May 2015 Roberto F Ringwood Magistrates' Court Sargent
  • Plea of guilty
  • With Conviction – Aggregate term of imprisonment of 4 months wholly suspended for 12 months
  • Fine of $5,000
  • Restitution of $65,782.88
  • Legal Costs of $800
  • Statutory Costs of $113.90
  • Stay of 4 months
18 May 2015 Trent C Wangaratta Magistrates' Court Watkins
  • Plea of Guilty
  • With Conviction
  • Fine of $2,600
  • Restitution of $2,610 - payable in monthly instalments of $200 with the first instalment payable 15/06/2015
  • Statutory Costs of $113.90
14 May 2015 Matthew N Seymour Magistrates' Court
  • Plea of Guilty
  • Without conviction
  • 12 month Good Behaviour Bond
  • Restitution of $19,075.34
  • Fine of $1,000
  • Costs of $1,000 
13 Apr 2015 Jeffrey S Kyneton Magistrates' Court Holzer
  • Plea of guilty
  • With conviction
25 Mar 2015 Michael N Ringwood Magistrates' Court Sargent
  • Plea of Guilty
  • Without Conviction
  • Restitution of $21,685.92
  • Fine of $2,000
  • Legal Costs of $750
  • Statutory Cost of $113.90
  • Stay of 7 months
05 Mar 2015 Neil T Ringwood Magistrates' Court La Rosa
  • Plea of Guilty
  • With Conviction
  • Fine of $2,000
  • Restitution of $6,932.13
  • Professional Costs of $700
28 Jan 2015 John E Melbourne Magistrates' Court Rozencwajg
  • Plea of Guilty
  • Conviction of 9 months imprisonment wholly suspended for a period of 12 months 
  • Restitution of $229,546.49
  • Legal Costs of $1,000
12 Jan 2015 Shane C Melbourne Magistrates' Court Doherty
  • Plea of Guilty
  • Without conviction 
  • Restitution of $25,837.03
  • Fine of $2,000
  • Professional Costs of $500
26 Nov 2014 Frank P Melbourne Magistrates' Court Bourke
  • Plea of Guilty
  • Conviction 
  • Restitution of $6,916.16
  • Fine of $800
  • Professional Costs of $113.90
21 Nov 2014 Sherry M Melbourne Magistrates' Court Collins
  • Plea of Guilty
  • Conviction 
  • Restitution of $3,519.10
02 Oct 2014 Sathyajith L Frankston Magistrates' Court Smith
  • Plea of Guilty
  • Without Conviction 
  • Restitution of $13,788.03
  • Fine of $2,000
  • Professional Costs of $2,000
25 Sep 2014 Lucky Car Hire Pty Ltd Sunshine Magistrates' Court Myall
  • Pleas of Guilty
  • Conviction
  • Restitution of $27,027 (paid 25/09/2014)
  • Fine of $900
  • Professional Costs of $800