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Fraudster deported from Australia due in court

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/05/2016
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A New Zealand fraudster deported from Australia is due to appear in court.

Paul James Bennett arrived in New Zealand on a flight from Australia on Friday and was taken into custody by police.

He will appear in Christchurch District Court on Saturday.

Sydney's District Court heard last month that Bennett had fraudulently claimed on three credit card applications that he was a full-time helicopter pilot working for actor Russell Crowe on a salary of $120,000 and created fake pay slips from the "Crowe Family Trust" to assist in a swindle.

Bennett was on the run until being arrested on board a $140,000, 14-metre yacht last February while it was moored near Cowan Creek on the Hawkesbury River, 50km north of Sydney.

He had been in custody in Australia since.

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