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Lavish lifestyle of an accused fraud

Joel Morehu-Barlow
Joel Morehu-Barlow NZ Herald

AS police turn their attention to millions of dollars made in payments to a company owned by a man accused of defrauding Queensland Health of $16 million, more details have emerged about the ways in which he chose to splash his fortune.

Queensland Health annual reports for the past three years show "Healthy Initiative and Choices" received up to $4,132,520.

The company is named in documents filed in the Supreme Court in Brisbane and the business is registered to Hohepa Hikairo Morehu-Barlow, also known as Joel Barlow, who is accused of stealing $16 million from Queensland Health.

In the health department's 2008-09 annual report, "Healthy Initiatives and Choices" was listed under 'Queensland Health Funded Organisations and Individuals' as receiving $180,000.

The company reportedly received $1,375,924 the next year. It raked in its biggest payment, $2,576,596, in 2010-11.

Read more on the Brisbane Times.

Topics:  fraud, queensland health


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