NSW woman jailed for $3.6m childcare fraud

A NSW childcare director who bought a pool, expensive car and house with $3.6 million worth of fraudulently obtained federal government payments has been sentenced to at least four years in jail.

Melissa Jade Higgins fraudulently charged families a “ridiculous” $180 an hour, or around $9000 a week, per child for 14 at-risk children because she knew the government would pay under the Special Child Care Benefit.

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