False Tahitian prince released from Queensland prison, deported to New Zealand to live with his mother
False Tahitian Prince who cheated the government from $ 16 million and wrongly claimed to be a lawyer, is deported to New Zealand, where he will live with his mother
- Joel Morehu-Barlow, born in Kiwi, cheated on his employer Queensland Health
- He claimed he was a fake Tahitian prince and managed to steal $ 16 million
- In 2013, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison and his conditional release was rejected twice
- His third attempted conditional release was granted and he was deported to New Zealand
Morehu-Barlow would tell friends and colleagues that he was a Polynesian prince
A fake Tahitian prince who transferred $ 16 million from the state government was deported from prison after his release.
Joel Morehu-Barlow, now 44, was behind bars for five years after pleading guilty in 2013 for stealing money from his employer, Queensland Health, over a four-year period.
At the time, he worked as a financial officer after rising with a fake law degree.
He was sentenced to 14 years behind bars with a non-conditional release of five years.
The New Zealander was released conditionally in November and released on Thursday. He was immediately taken back to his home country, where he is expected to live with his mother in Auckland.
Television images were broadcast on Friday, flanking Morehu-Barlow by officers from the Australian Border Force as he was escorted to an airport where he was taken to Auckland on a Qantas plane shortly after his release in Thursday.
While working as a middle manager at Queensland Health, he used his position to transfer funds between October 2007 and December 2011.
He was able to maintain a lush lifestyle by using the money he raised from Queensland Health
The extra money offered him a lush lifestyle, including the purchase of an exclusive waterfront apartment in the center of Brisbane.
He had the initials HRH (His Royal Highness) on a black American Express credit card that he used in Brisbane nightclub Cloudland, where he drank top of the range of champagne and gave waiters $ 1000, according to former employees.
His habits for splashing money were so bizarre that a Fortitude Valley businessman described it as an economic incentive package for Brisbane’s restaurants, pubs, and retailers.
His was undone in December 2011 when he tried to divert $ 11 million into a single transaction. He had previously raised approximately $ 5 million in total.
Morehu-Barlow was flanked by officers from the Australian Border Force when he was escorted to a Qantas plane en route to Auckland shortly after his release in Thursday
He was seen picking up his things, all in a single plastic bag
When the police searched his home, they found hundreds of luxury items, including a life-size horse lamp, a saddle, a Chanel watch, and a Louis Vuitton surfboard that were seized and later sold at auction.
In total, about $ 11.9 million was recovered from the sale of items, including the apartment.
Before his arrest, Morehu-Barlow told friends and colleagues that he was a Polynesian prince
During one of his legal proceedings, Morehu-Barlow’s lawyer told the court that even his client knew that his “simple” fraud – which happened to be an extraordinary amount of money – would be exposed.
“It was a simple fraud that undoubtedly had to be discovered,” said defender David Shepherd.
Morehu-Barlow’s first request for conditional release in February 2017 was rejected, while a second request was postponed in November 2017 before being refused again.
Joel Morehu-Barlow, born in Kiwi, cheated his employer Queensland Health in a four-year period in which he ran $ 16 million