Fraud police in Australia and New Zealand want to speak to a man in France once a new hand he had sewn onto his right arm heals and he is well enough to travel.

Clint Hallam, 48, who is recovering at the Edouard Herriot hospital in Lyon after last week becoming the first person to receive a transplanted hand and forearm, is in trouble with the law back home.Police in Western Australia said Hallam is due in court in January on seven charges of fraud stemming from allegations of a pyramid-type scam involving fuel credit cards.

In the small village of Napier, in his native New Zealand, bankruptcy charges await Hallam, authorities there said.

Hallam lost his hand in a circular saw accident in Christchurch's Rolleston Prison 14 years ago while serving two years for fraud.

Residents of Napier, who thought they had seen the last of Hallam, were surprised to see the 48-year-old on the "60 Minutes" television program after the surgery.

"I could not believe it when I saw it was him on TV," a small business owner told the New Zealand Press Association.

"I only hope he puts his new hand into his pocket and pays his debtors," he said.