Victorian woman allegedly steals $14,700 from bushfire and flooding victims

A woman from Victoria's east has allegedly stolen $14,700 by fraudulently claiming cash support meant for people who have suffered the impact of bushfires and flooding.

Police have charged a 30-year-old woman from Traralgon with nine counts of obtaining property by deception, and three counts of attempting to obtain property by deception.

Following an extensive investigation, they allege the woman has profited from multiple payments from the Bushfire Relief Fund and the Gippsland Flood Relief Payment Scheme she wasn't entitled to.

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The woman allegedly made fraudulent applications for the benefit schemes using a variety of names and addresses in January, June, and July, receiving a total amount of $14,700.

The woman has been bailed to appear at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates' Court on March 9 next year.

In Gippsland rivers and creeks are well above their normal levels.

Victoria Police worked in collaboration with the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing as part of the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report at

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