HIGH FLYER GROUNDED
Former real estate agent Nicolette van Wijngaarden has had her wings clipped
THE former director of a failed Byron Bay-based luxury real estate agency has been ordered to surrender her two passports under strict bail conditions over five counts of fraud.
In September, NSW Fair Trading launched criminal action against former Unique Estates director Nicolette van Wijngaarden over the alleged misuse of more than $3.5 million.
Ms van Wijngaarden, 44, faces 10 counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, and a related five counts of directors’ liability by offences of corporation.
Unique Estates spectacularly collapsed overnight in February with recorded liabilities of more than $1.5 million, including $933,000 owed to the Australian Tax Office.
Dutch-born van Wijngaarden was the founder and sole director of the once high-flying company, which operated from six locations including Sydney, Melbourne and Byron Bay, and specialised in the marketing of multi-million dollar trophy properties.
Under strict bail conditions she has now been ordered to surrender her Australian and Netherlands passports.
Now living at Elwood in Melbourne, she has also been ordered to report once a week to St Kilda police station.
A brief of evidence in the matter was due on Friday, November 2.
Ms van Wijngaarden was excused from appearing in court when the matter came up for mention in Sydney Downing Centre.
The matter was adjourned for charge certification on January 31 to return to the Sydney Downing Centre Local Court.
Ms van Wijngaarden is also excused from appearing on that date.
STRICT CONDITIONS: The former director of Unique Estates, Nicolette van Wijngaarden, has been ordered to surrender her passports.
RIGHT: The company director of Unique Estates, Nicolette van Wijngaarden, at one of the properties she was selling, Cedar Springs at Possum Creek.