Man fined for failing to file paperwork
RATHER than facing up to his bankruptcy, Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Wednesday heard Michael John Christensen "buried his head in the sand”.
Christensen, 42, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a notice given under the bankruptcy act following a mortgage repossession in July 2015.
A federal police prosecutor Ms Wilson said Christensen failed to file a state of affairs document following the appointment of trustees, hindering the administration process.
She said Christensen was sent several letters regarding the state of affairs and had a phone conversation with the receiver about the lodgement process on September 30.
The court heard Christensen was a diesel fitter by trade and had no criminal history.
The defence solicitor said the Rockhampton father filed for bankruptcy after a mortgage repossession and had since sent the document to the administrators via registered post.
She said Christensen "admits he buried his head in the sand” on the issue.
Magistrate Cameron Press said it was a "very important statement” and without it, the process was prolonged for all involved.
Christensen was fined $1250 and ordered to pay $92.90 in court costs.