A travel agent wanted for questioning over the collapse of his Victorian travel agency has been charged with 36 counts of theft, Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper reported at the weekend.
Some AUD 207,000 is reportedly owed to up to 45 clients, with many local people having come forward to allege their travel bookings had not been made, although payments had long since been finalised.
Magistrate John Hardy granted Dittloff bail on strict conditions, including reporting to his local police station three times a week, the paper said.
Dittloff was also placed on a curfew between 11pm and 6am and had to surrender his passport. He has been forbidden from travelling interstate or overseas.
The paper quoted Dittloff’s lawyer, Ian Pugh, telling the court his client was residing in North Melbourne and hoped to get work in the hospitality industry.
Dittloff, reported to be an aspiring politician, was a member of the Geelong Young Liberals and the winner of several business awards.
He will face Geelong Magistrates’ Court for a committal mention on 18 September 2015.
Written by Peter Needham