| 27.02,20. 09:25 PM |
Queensland's fake Tahitian prince deported to NZ
Queensland's fake Tahitian prince Joel Morehu-Barlow, who was imprisoned over the theft of $16 million from Queensland Health, has been released from jail.
Morehu-Barlow, 44, pleaded guilty to five fraud and three drug offences in 2013 after re-directing money meant for charity into his own accounts.
He was jailed for 14 years with a non-parole period of five.
He was released from the high security Wolston Correctional Centre this afternoon, having served about seven years, and taken directly to the airport to be deported to his home country of New Zealand.
He's been eligible for parole since 2016 but made two failed attempts before this successful bid.
The convicted fraudster will now likely live with his mother in the small New Zealand town of Thames, just outside of Auckland.
A public auction of luxury items found at his home recovered nearly $12 million but he still owes taxpayers nearly another $12 million in interest.