Conman Peter Foster is set to be released from prison six months earlier than expected.
The 53-year-old serial fraudster was originally sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, to serve 18 months, in October 2013 for flouting a court order to stay away from the weight loss industry.
But he went on the run and evaded authorities for a year before he was found holed up at a northern NSW property near Byron Bay.
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Foster was one year into his sentence at the Brisbane Correctional Centre before he applied to the Federal Court for early release last month based on new circumstances.
A court hearing on Tuesday was closed to the public and documents were sealed due to an unspecified risk to Foster if the reasons for release were revealed.
A grateful Foster hopes to stay out of trouble after being released six months early from jail.
“I’m a very fortunate man and I’m very grateful to be going home today,” he told reporters outside court.
“I hope you never see me outside a criminal court again.”