Case of alleged $1 million fraud set for trial in Hervey Bay

A HERVEY Bay man is set to stand trial for allegedly ripping off more than $1 million from the Federal Government.

Neal Stanley Lane did not enter a plea in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court, as he faced seven charges related to the government's Energy Grants Credits Scheme from 2003 to 2005.

Three of the charges were obtaining a financial advantage by deception and the court heard the total amount allegedly obtained in these charges was about $1.07 million.

The remaining four charges relate to attempts to obtain a financial advantage, and doing things with the intent of dishonestly causing a loss.

Commonwealth prosecutor Daniel Caruana said the totals for these charges amounted to more than $300,000.

Mr Caruana presented more than 50 statements and a long list of exhibits to the court.

The statements came from representatives of the Australian Taxation Office, the Australian Federal Police and a number of other banks, businesses and individuals.

However, as his legal representative consented to the case being sent through to a higher court without Magistrate Graeme Tatnell needing to examine the evidence, the court did not hear any further details of how Mr Lane is alleged to have obtained the money from the scheme.

A Federal Government website advised the EGCS was designed to replace the Diesel and Alternative Fuels Grants Scheme and the Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme in 2003.

Mr Tatnell committed Mr Lane to trial at the Hervey Bay District Court at a date to be later determined.

Mr Lane was allowed bail.



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