Accused Queensland Health fraudster Joel Morehu-Barlow lived it up with $11m lifestyle

WHILE accused fraudster Joel Morehu-Barlow sits in a solitary jail cell at Wacol prison an entertainment package worth nearly $100,000 is en route from Europe for him.

Accused Fraudster Queensland Health
Accused Fraudster Queensland Health

Only days before the accused fraudster became the state’s most-wanted man and was eventually charged with defrauding $11 million, he was having the time of his life, enjoying a lavish spending spree.

The 36-year-old purchased an opulent $5.65 million River House in the new Pietra development at Moray St, New Farm, and paid for it in full.

But the spending didn’t stop there – his extravagant lifestyle was just beginning.

Court documents reveal Morehu-Barlow went on to purchase items including a top-of-the-range 2.15m 3D TV described as one of “the most expensive sets ever produced”.

He purchased the TV and associated accessories for $95,070 from Bang and Olufsen’s Fortitude Valley store. But little did he know the exclusive entertainment package which was sent from Denmark was due to arrive in Australia when he would behind bars.

The goods will be seized once they arrive in Australia.

During his short-lived spree he also purchased a luxury Mercedes-Benz and two top-of-the-range jet skis.

He also bought an elaborate, grey, 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sedan for $135,214.

He then went on to buy two Sea-Doo jet skis at Brisbane Jet Skis at Zillmere on Brisbane’s northside.

One was a luxury performance model and the other a sports model, together costing more $42,000.

But he had little time to use his new plush toys, he would be arrested by police only eight days after he bought them. Documents show the self-proclaimed Tahitian prince was known by various names including Hohepa Morehu-Barlow, Joel Barlow, Joseph Barlow and Joel Hikairo Morehu-Barlow.

In the documents it reveals he held eight bank accounts with more than $1.5 million in them and another account in his company’s name which had a healthy balance of $2.91 million.

He also owned another two luxury cars – a grey, 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sedan and a 2004, silver BMW 530i sedan.

Morehu-Barlow was also interested in music and art and had a selection of paintings and a baby grand piano.

(The Courier-Mail, Sophie Elsworth, 16/12/2011)

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