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Federal training rort accused face court

AAP logoAAP 12/09/2016 Genevieve Gannon

Five people accused of using fake student records to gain access to federal training funds have faced the first day of a hearing to determine if they should stand trial for the alleged fraud.

Rekha Arora, 35, Varinder Kaur, 32, Rakesh Kumar, 38, Mukesh Sharma, 43, and Baljit Singh, 35, each face a number of charges, including conspiring to dishonestly influence a Commonwealth public official, namely, the Australian Skills Quality Authority.

Arora, Kumar, Sharma and Singh are also accused of dealing with more than $100,000 in the proceeds of crime and Singh is accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The allegations relate to St Stephen Institute of Technology in Reservoir and the Symbiosis Institute of Technical Education in Altona - which are both no longer operational.

Singh, Kumar and Sharma were allegedly involved in the conspiracy from July 2011 to August 2015, court documents show.

The conspiracy charge against Arora and Kaur relate to a shorter period, spanning only two months in 2015.

Lawyers for the co-accused will cross examine witnesses over the coming days.

The five co-accused are all on bail.

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