Greek-Australian travel agent Alexandra Kamitsis was sentenced to three years and 11 months in prison this week for fraud, after she admitted to spending money she obtained for pensioner travel concessions on her family and friends. Furthermore, the former NT Crime Stoppers chairwoman also admitted to corruptly giving benefits to Paul Mossman – NT Minister Bess Price’s former chief of staff.
According to the judge, Alexandra Kamitsis took part in 95 incidents of deception in order to satisfy her personal greed. “What you did exploited a weakness in the system to your own advantage,” Justice Dean Mildren said in court.
Over the course of five years, the Greek-Australian travel agent managed to extract 124,000 dollars by booking cheap flights for pensioners and then declaring false data to the Health Department. Furthermore, she also gave benefits to Mossman by paying the costs of his travels overseas, in order to obtain government work for her business, Latitude Travel, based in Darwin.
Between September 2013 and November 2014 her company provided more than $325,000 worth of travel bookings for Bess Price and her staff, noted the Greek Diaspora newspaper Neos Kosmos.
The full extent of Alexandra Kamitsis’ fraud is not yet known, as questions continue to arise.