Hohepa Morehu-Barlow is a professional fraud who claimed to be Tahitian Prince. He came to media attention after granted parole by the Queensland Parole Board. Reportedly, Barlow was caught for aggravated fraud. Moreover, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty at the District Court in Brisbane in 2013.
Fake Tahitian Prince-Barlow Realised From Jail
Fake Tahitian Prince Joel Morehu-Barlow, imprisoned on Queensland Health’s $16 million robberies, was released from jail and deported to home town, New Zealand. The 44 years old Morehu-Barlow was charged with five fraud and three-drug offenses in the year 2013.
In addition, fake Tahitian Prince Barlow redirected the money collected from charity to his own bank account. He was imprisoned for 14 years with a five-year non-parole term.
On Friday, February 28, television footage screened showed Morehu-Barlow accompanied by officers of the Australian Border Force escorting him to an airport. He was placed on a Qantas plane heading for Auckland shortly after his release on Thursday, February 27.
How Hohepa Morehu-Barlow frauded $16 Million?
The 44 years old Born as Hohepa Hikairo “Joel” Morehu Barlow was the middle manager for Queensland Health. Moreover, he manipulated the fund between October 2007 and December 2011. From the accumulated wealth, after the successful robbery, he purchases an expensive waterfront apartment in inner Brisbane.
Barlow used to have American Express credit card, HRH (His Royal Highness) which he used in the Chic Brisbane nightclub Cloudland where he tipped $1,000 to the waiters. He used to enjoy high-quality champagne when he was not arrested.
The reason behind his arrest was the cash-splashing. Moreover, one of the Fortitude Valley businessmen described him as the Claton’s economic stimulus package for Brisbane’s pubs, restaurants, and retailers. On the other hand, he has recklessly used fraud money. Further, he tried to withdraw $11 Million in single traction, hoping not to be caught in December 2011.
Previously he had withdrawn $5 Million from the bank and was not in the bankers and police attention. After being on the hit list, police investigation took place which eventually found out that his wealth was all form fraud. Hundreds of luxury items – including a life-size horse lamp, a saddle, a Chanel watch, and a Louis Vuitton surfboard – were confiscated and sold at auction after his arrest.
Before His Arrest
New Zealand citizen Morehu Barlow used to tell to his friend and colleagues that he was a Polynesian Prince. Before, he lived an extravagant life after his lies. Moreover, he spent money on expensive branded goods, many gifts for friends and also has a multimillion-dollar luxury New Farm unit.
In 2011, Queensland Health lost $11 million, which Morehu-Barlow used to purchase a luxury apartment for $5.4 million, two Mercedes Benz cars, drawing attention from authorities he later got caught.
Where is Hohepa Morehu-Barlow as of 2020?
Hohepa Morehu-Barlow is currently living in New Zealand after his granted parole. Moreover, he is with prominent Kiwi Tv personality Aroha Hathaway who is reported to be a family friend. After landing on new Zealand on February 27 it was expected that he will be staying with his mother Andre in his home town, the Thames.
It was unclear that Aroha Hathaway is just a family friend or his probable girlfriend. Nothing is sure for the moment. We will update his personal life in detail as soon as possible. Keep visiting Wikye.com until we come back will all the information.