The criminal case against an Illawarra lawyer and his surgeon wife accused of financial fraud is expected to be given a hearing date when it returns to court later this month.
Ashutosh 'Ash' Agarwal, a former managing director of Acorn Lawyers but who is now listed on the company's website as a consultant, stands accused of stealing $189,950 in Australian currency from a safety deposit box inside the Commonwealth Bank in Wollongong on January 3 this year.
Ashutosh was arrested on July 3, interviewed by Wollongong detectives and charged with a single count of larceny.
As a result, police obtained a warrant to search the Agarwal family home in Brookers Road, Balgownie.
It will be alleged when Ashutosh was advised of this, he contacted his wife, respected Wollongong ophthalmologist Smita Agarwal, from custody and had a brief conversation with her.
A short time later, Smita left her work at Wollongong Eye Specialists and returned home where she was allegedly stopped by police leaving the residence with $69,500 of Australian currency and $7000 in US currency.
Police arrested Smita and took her back to Wollongong Police Station where she was interviewed but released pending further investigation.
Police allegedly discovered more Australian currency at the house during the search warrant.
Smita was subsequently charged with recklessly dealing in the proceeds of crime.
The couple did not front Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday for a brief mention of their matters.
The court had been expected to set the matter down for hearing however the case was adjourned for a further two weeks, to November 26.
It is likely a date will be set then, with a hearing expected to take place sometime in the first half of next year.
A lawyer representing the pair has previously entered pleas of not guilty on their behalf before the registrar.
According to his profile on the Acorn Lawyers website, Ashutosh practiced law in Sydney for about nine years before moving to Wollongong in early 2009.
His areas of practice include dispute resolution, employment law, intellectual property, commercial law and property, as well as advising in the establishment and management of medical centres and medical practices.
Meanwhile, Samita Argawal's website says she is the head of the ophthalmology department at both Shellharbour and Wollongong public hospitals and specialises in cataract and refractive surgery.
Both remain on conditional bail.