A Kurunjang woman allegedly involved in a complex plan to defraud the National Disability Insurance Scheme of $800,000 will wait until May 11 for her case to progress.

Ana Angilo Boal appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning  (Tuesday) via videolink.

The court was told the 52-year-old was involved in ongoing talks about defence offers and counter-offers.

Boal has been charged with conspiring with other people with the intention of dishonestly causing a loss to the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Ms Boal will front court again on May 11 for a committal mention along with at least two of her co-accused: Meadow Heights child-carer Caroline Semisi and Coburg child-carer Asha Mohamed.

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Federal Police allege Whittlesea mother-of-seven Istarlin Hassan and the four others – including her 30-year-old boyfriend Matin Ibrahim -– began a fraudulent daycare operation in 2014 to steal money via childcare and other benefits.

The 50-year-old mother is also accused of setting up an NDIS business with Ms Boal – based in Kurunjang – which could be purposely defrauded.

It is no longer registered with the NDIS.

Hassan, who Federal Police say is the principal offender, has a child with a disability on an NDIS plan.

Police have accused the mother-of-seven of spending some of the funds allocated for her child on herself, including helping to buy a new home in Whittlesea.

Hassan is also accused of fraudulently obtaining government benefits by employing the live-in boyfriend as the carer for her children.

AFP investigators allege the man instead worked at his hairdressing salon – and used his subsidy rebate to employ nannies at the home.

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