NT Police have laid charges after a long-running investigation into an alleged abuse of an Indigenous jobs scheme.
Police have charged a 28-year-old man with multiple counts of fraud after a major investigation.
The Northern Territory auditor-general last year called for a full investigation into the running of the scheme.
Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison in August last year announced the suspension of the scheme.
The suspension follows advice received from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.
As part of a long running inquiry, the Major Fraud Squad has been investigating allegations of deceptions against the Northern Territory Government’s Indigenous Employment Provisional Sum.
Technology and Economic Crime Section’s Detective Sergeant Jason Blake said the Fraud Squad had been focussed on achieving results in this investigation and are pleased to have this matter before the Court.
“This has been a protracted investigation into the alleged deceptive practices to obtain funds from a government scheme aimed at building capacity with Indigenous employment,” Detective Sergeant Blake said.
The Nightcliff man has been charged with 63 counts of criminal deception to the value of more than $222,000.
He has been given a notice to appear in the Darwin Local Court later this month.
Anyone with information is urged to contact to contact Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.