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Alleged health fraudster faces grilling

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Latest News | Tuesday August 7 2012 19:03

Alleged health fraudster faces grilling

A preliminary courtroom grilling of the man accused of fleecing more than $16 million from Queensland Health continues behind closed doors on Tuesday.

The media has been excluded from the hearing, during which lawyers from the State of Queensland and the Crime and Misconduct Commission will question Hohepa Morehu-Barlow about his alleged fraudulent behaviour.

The hearing, in the Supreme Court in Brisbane, began in April, when an application by the media to be present was rejected.

It continues on Tuesday, and is expected to focus on further establishing how the allegedly misappropriated funds were spent.

Barlow, also known as Joel Barlow, was arrested in December and is alleged to have defrauded the government department while working there between 2007 and 2011.

His charges include two counts of aggravated fraud, two of aggravated forgery, one of aggravated uttering, two of possessing dangerous drugs, one of possessing a relevant substance and one of possessing drug utensils.

Photo: AAP

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