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ATSIS officer suspended on fraud charges

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 16 April 2004


Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Amanda Vanstone says an officer of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services (ATSIS) has been suspended without pay over an alleged fraud involving $400,000.

Senator Vanstone says there was fraudulent exploitation of certain trust accounts and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions will deal with the matter through the courts.

In a statement the Minister says for legal reasons she is unable to comment on the specifics of the case.

Senator Vanstone says fraud and corrruption will not be tolerated in the portfolio of Indigenous Affairs wherever they occur.


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