A flamboyant Kiwi fraudster who defrauded the Queensland Government of A$16 million ($20 million) has been sentenced to 14 years in an Australian prison. Former Brisbane socialite Hohepa Morehu-Barlow, who grew up in Thames, has admitted systematically stealing the money while working for Queensland Health.
Morehu-Barlow, who was also known as Joel Barlow, pleaded guilty to eight charges relating to fraud and drug offences when he appeared in the Brisbane District Court today.
His offending, the largest ever fraud against the state government, funded an extravagant lifestyle that made Morehu-Barlow one of Brisbane’s fashionable high flyers.
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