Media Release: QLD (Van Tilburg) – Fourth time bankrupt faces court after failing to disclose funds to trustee

Mr Van Tilburg became bankrupt on 16 September 2010 as a result of a court order.

On 17 January 2013, Mr Van Tilburg and his ex-wife entered a Family Law Consent Order, which required his ex-wife to pay Mr Van Tilburg $120,000.

On 4 April 2013, the sum of $110,000 was deposited into Mr Van Tilburg’s bank account.

Mr Van Tilburg’s bankruptcy trustee contacted him on several occasions, to access the $110,000 for the benefit of creditors.

Mr Van Tilburg did not respond to efforts by his trustee to contact him.

Magistrate Gett sentenced Mr Van Tilburg to five months imprisonment, but he was released on a $2,000 four-year good behaviour bond.

In sentencing, Magistrate Gett took into account Mr Van Tilburg’s guilty plea. He noted that Mr Van Tilburg would remain bankrupt until 2019.

He also noted Mr Van Tilburg’s previous bankruptcies and the significant reparation outstanding from those.

Magistrate Gett commented that given Mr Van Tilburg’s past experience, he would have a good understanding of bankruptcy, compared to others without that background.

The matter was prosecuted by the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.