Businessman charged with fraud permitted to travel abroad

AN ALLEGED fraudster, accused of stealing $2 million from his financial planning clients, was yesterday granted another bail variation to travel abroad for business.

Shaun Daniel Fitzgerald, 39, is accused of spending money his clients trusted him with instead of investing it and passing 30 valueless cheques on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Mackay.

This will be the third time this year he has travelled overseas for his girlfriend's business.

Lawyer Louisa Pink told Brisbane District Court her client had travelled "successfully" to China and Hong Kong in January and March after previous bail variations.

She said he was this time planning travel from May 29 to June 12.

The Crown consented to the order being made.

The former Sunshine Coast-based financial planner has been working - on commission - as the business development manager for a Brisbane-based lifestyle guide since May, 2012.

Fitzgerald is in a relationship with his employer, guide founder Bodhi Mary Hunter.


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