A man in Bundaberg in southern Queensland has been charged after allegedly claiming thousands of dollars illegally from the 2013 floods appeal.
Police arrested the 40-year-old man at an Avoca house early this morning.
It is alleged he made false claims to Centrelink and received more than $4,000 in his bank account.
Police say the man spent this money on clothes, food, alcohol and gambling.
Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred says the arrest is significant.
"The information was received from the flood appeal authority here in Bundaberg who are working closely with the flood recovery team here," he said.
He says police are investigating possible fraudulent applications from other claimants.
The accused will appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court next month on two charges including fraud and providing false or misleading information.
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