Crafty sons of bitches:
Two Muslim men are accused of defrauding $27MILLION in benefits for childcare centres that never existed – as police investigate whether money was used to fund ISIS
- Ali Assaad, 22, is accused of fraudulently claiming millions in benefits
- He allegedly claimed childcare rebates for a non-existent centre
- Assaad claimed he was looking after children at his west Sydney home
- He is accused of working with his brother to gain $27 million since 2012
- Assaad and a second childcare giver were arrested this week
- Both have been charged with three commonwealth offences
Two men have been accused of fraudulently claiming $27 million dollars in government benefits and rebates for family childcare centres in south-west Sydney.
Ali Assaad, 22, from Moorebank, allegedly lied to the government and submitted forged time sheets claiming he was looking after seven children at his home for eight hours a day to reap thousands of taxpayer’s dollars, Australian Federal Police claim.
Assaad, who was arrested and charged with fraud on Wednesday, is accused of working with his brother, Mohammad, in the scheme, earning a salary of more than $150,000 a year and allegedly stealing $27 million together since 2012, according to ABC’s 7.30.
Ali Assaad (pictured), 22, is accused of working with his brother to fraudulently claim $27 million dollars in government rebates for family childcare centres in south-west Sydney since 2012
A second childcare provider, Hussein Dandachi, 26, from Old Guildford, was arrested for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in rebates and charged with fraud on Thursday, following a 10-month investigation by the AFP and counter-terror police.
Federal police said they are investigating if the money could have been funnelled overseas or possibly used to help fund ISIS.
Assaad, a part-time preacher and secretary of a charity, was employed by a family daycare business in Lambeka and is accused of working with his boss to falsify time sheets.
Police began listening to phone calls between the two a month ago.
‘We should enter it all as fifty and see what happens,’ his boss, Ibrahim Omar, tells Assaad, according to 7.30.
‘Enter it as fifty, bro. I also want to put another kid under the same thing. I’ll send you all the details now,’ Assaad responds.
Assaad travelled to Malaysia three times in the past year with his charity to provide aid to refugees and posted pictures from each trip on social media.
But while he was overseas Assaad submitted documents to the government reporting that he was at home in Sydney taking care of children for a total of 660 hours, for which he was given more than $3,000.
In the past year he earned $152,000 for 20,583 hours of work, according to ABC.
To earn that salary, Assaad would have to be looking after seven children for eight hours a day for seven days a week every single day of the year.
Assaad (pictured), who is a part-time preacher, was arrested on Wednesday, as well as second Sydney childcare provider Hussein Dandachi, 26
Assadd and Dandachi were each charged with three Commonwealth offences, including making false or misleading statements in applications, the AFP said.
Assaad appeared at the Sydney Central Local court on Wednesday and was granted bail but had his passport confiscated.
Dandachi appeared in court on Friday morning and will stay in jail until he reappears in court on August 31.
They are both facing up to 10 years in jail.
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