A woman, who police allege fraudulently applied for 34 combined Bushfire and COVID-19 government grants, was expected to face court in Newcastle on Saturday.
The woman allegedly applied for the grants between March 12 and September 13. A total of 11 were granted and she received $104,000, police said.
Police also allege the woman attempted to obtain a further $258,000 in grants which she was not entitled to.
Strike Force Roche was established by several police districts within the Northern Region to investigate alleged fraudulent claims for bushfire disaster relief and small business grants through government agencies.
Following extensive inquiries, police attended a home in Aberdare about 1.20pm Friday, where they arrested the woman.
She was taken to Cessnock Police Station and charged with 16 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial benefit by deception.
She was refused bail and will appear in Newcastle Local Court Saturday.