Accused not to shop in ACT with mother: magistrate

A MAN accused of defrauding a bank of $2.2 million has been denied the right to go shopping with his mother.

Goulburn man Luke Moore was arrested and charged by police in December for alleged fraud conducted over a two-and-a-half year period.

On Wednesday he appeared at Goulburn Local Court, where he had his case adjourned until April 10.

The accused’s solicitor, Les Henrich, requested an adjournment while the balance of a police brief was served and asked that conditions of bail be altered.  

“There’s an application to vary bail,” Mr Henrich said.

“It’s presently prohibited for my client to leave his home without the company of his mother or sister. We ask that this be scrapped and replaced with a curfew.”

Mr Henrich also requested that his client be allowed to go shopping with his mother during trips to the ACT.

“She can go shopping by herself,” Magistrate Richardson replied promptly.

The accused may no longer leave his residence between the hours of 8pm and 8am after a curfew was issued by the Magistrate.

The 25-year-old’s road to court began in December when police conducted a search warrant following an investigation that unearthed the alleged fraud against the St George bank.

Police claim Moore overdrew his St George Complete Freedom account to the tune of $2,189,000 over between March 2010 and July of last year.

Upon carrying out a search warrant of his home, authorities seized tens-of-thousands of dollars worth of assets, including Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Hyundai Veloster motor vehicles, a Stressl boat, memorabilia and artworks.

He was charged with knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime and dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.

His arrest came on the back of assistance from banking institutions.