She made it big in America. Then her Australian past caught up

The Morning Edition

02-04-2024 • 18 mins

One-time Sydney real estate agent Sarah Dougan always dreamed of making a life for herself in the United States. At one time, her goal was to make it as an actress in New York City.

That never happened. Instead, she’s become a successful CEO in the US, and the owner of a multi-million dollar mansion.

There’s just one problem. Australian authorities have been combing through her Australian business records since 2011. And the results have been damning.

Not only did she leave Australia, in 2012, owing half a million dollars. But from the next year on, she was a wanted fugitive, with a warrant out for her arrest.

Today, crime reporter Perry Duffin on what constitutes fairness in our legal system, and whether Sarah Dougan is obliged to return to Australia to face court. Or whether - as she argues - it would mean sacrificing her right to equality, and lead to her losing everything she has in the United States.

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