A 43-year-old Adult Community Corrections worker who is one of four corrective services employees alleged to have fraudulently made claims for housing subsidies worth tens of thousands of dollars has become the second person to plead not guilty. The Pilbara News reported in July the employees were charged over the alleged misuse of Government Regional Officers Housing entitlements in Karratha after claiming subsidised housing assistance to which they were not entitled. Facing the Karratha Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday, Jasmine Hepi denied the fraud charge, which alleged she made claims for GROH scheme benefits from 2018 to the value of $71,180 to which she was not entitled. It comes after 59-year-old Roebourne Regional Prison vocational support officer John Carton pleaded not guilty in August to attempted fraud and had his trial date set for March 18-19 next year. Also facing the Karratha Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday was 55-year-old Roebourne Regional Prison officer Toni Van Den Berg and 60-year-old Roebourne Regional Prison vocational support officer Kerrie Garstone, who are both yet to enter pleas. Ms Van Den Berg is accused of claiming GROH benefits from 2014 totalling $298,128 to which she was not entitled, and has been charged with one count of causing a detriment to a person by fraud and one count of gaining benefit by fraud. Ms Garstone has been accused of fraud worth $59,359 for GROH benefits from 2015. All four employees have been suspended from duty pending the outcome of the court matters, while separate internal investigations are being conducted by the Department of Justice’s professional standards division. The charges came after WA Police Force detectives seconded to the department’s professional standards division began a joint investigation into the alleged misuse of the GROH scheme, with the investigation launched in June as part of a misconduct prevention strategy.