Fake prince who stole $16m from Queensland Health deported to NZ
The federal authorities had beforehand cancelled Morehu-Barlow’s visa below provisions of the Migration Act, which may see non-citizens ejected in the event that they maintain a considerable prison file.
Born Hohepa Hikairo “Joel” Morehu-Barlow, he used his place as a center supervisor for Queensland Well being to siphon off funds between October 2007 and December 2011.
This enabled him to stay a lavish life-style that included the acquisition of an unique waterfront condo in internal Brisbane.
He even had the initials HRH (His Royal Highness) on a black Amex he used at Brisbane nightclub Cloudland, the place he drank top-of-the-range champagne and tipped waiters $1000, in accordance with former employees members.
Morehu-Barlow’s cash-splashing habits have been so outlandish, one Fortitude Valley businessman described it to AAP as a Clayton’s financial stimulus bundle for Brisbane’s eating places, pubs and retailers.
However his reign as a free-spending “royal” was introduced undone in December 2011 when he tried to siphon off $11 million in a single transaction. He had beforehand taken about $5 million.
When police searched his residence, they discovered lots of of luxurious gadgets, together with a life-size horse lamp, a saddle, a Chanel watch, and a Louis Vuitton surfboard, which have been seized and offered at public sale.
Total about $11.9 million was recovered from the sale of things, together with the condo.
Throughout one in all his court docket proceedings, Morehu-Barlow’s lawyer advised the court docket that even his shopper knew his “easy” fraud – which simply occurred to contain a rare amount of cash – can be uncovered.
“It was a easy fraud which was sure to be found,” defence barrister David Shepherd mentioned.
Matt Dennien is a reporter for the Brisbane Occasions.