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Darwin agent guilty of fraud on pensioner travel scheme

December 3, 2015 Headline News, Travel Law No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Darwin travel agent Alexandra ‘Xana’ Kamitsis has been convicted of fraud for rorting a pensioner travel concession scheme run by the Northern Territory Health Department.

A Supreme Court jury has found Kamitsis guilty of 20 counts of obtaining a benefit by deception in relation to conduct between 2009 and 2013, ABC News reported yesterday.

Kamitsis fraudulently invoiced the Health Department scheme for inflated flight costs, buying cheaper flights for pensioners and keeping the difference, the ABC reported.

The case has attracted a great deal of attention in the Northern Territory since Fraud Squad detectives swooped on a travel agency in November last year and took away a travel agent in handcuffs under arrest. Newspapers quickly identified Kamitsis as the chairperson of the NT branch of Crime Stoppers, the international crime prevention scheme involving a partnership between police, the media and the community.

The court heard yesterday that Kamitsis is facing a further 85 charges in separate proceedings yet to commence, ABC News reported.

According to ABC News and the Northern Territory News, Kamitisis was remanded in custody after Crown prosecutor David Morters said police had found she and her family had booked one-way flights from Darwin to Los Angeles for 19 December 2015.

Defence lawyer Jon Tippett QC said the bookings were for a family holiday.

A date for sentencing Kamitsis has yet to be fixed.

Edited by William Sykes

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