Conman Peter Foster to leave jail 6 months early

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.”

 

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