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Runaway millionaire arrested at Auckland airport

11:00 AEST Fri Feb 25 2011
Runaway millionaire arrested at Auckland airport
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By MSN NZ Money staff

A runaway millionaire who allegedly left New Zealand with her partner when Westpac mistakenly put $10 million into his account in 2009 has been arrested.

Kara Hurring was arrested by Rotorua police this morning at Auckland International Airport.

She has since appeared in Manukau District Court, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Hurring was bailed to an Auckland address and will appear in Rotorua District Court on March 10.

Hurring's partner Leo Gao accidentally had $10 million put into his business account in April 2009, after asking for a $100,000 overdraft.

The couple transferred $6.78 million into other accounts and then left for Hong Kong before the mistake was realised.

About half the money was recovered, but $3,872,000 was still outstanding, police said.

Head detective Senior Sergeant Mark Loper told media she should be “commended” for returning to New Zeland voluntarily.

"Obviously this is an extremely positive development in the case, however, the investigation is by no means over,” he told media.

“Our focus remains on eventually being able to speak to Leo Gao on this matter." It was reported last year that Hurring and Gao had spilt soon after they arrived in China, and Gao left her with little money.

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