The Australian Agency for International Development is investigating 175 cases of fraud in the country’s 4.5 billion Australian dollar ($4.5 billion) foreign aid program.
The cases involve misuse of funds and aid diversion by corrupt overseas agencies and officials in some 27 countries that are costing Australia billions of dollars, according to the Daily Telegraph, citing AusAid documents acquired through the country’s Freedom of Information Act.
Food and other aid supplies are also being diverted and resold at inflated prices in black markets, the Australia-based newspaper says. It added that, while AusAid, is working to improve fraud control mechanisms, its efforts are sometimes undermined by the reluctance of police forces to intervene in local criminal cases.
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