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ASIC bans Queensland financial adviser

ASIC bans Queensland financial adviser

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission on Thursday said that Ian Victor Haisman of Beenleigh had been providing templated advice not tailored to his clients' individual circumstances, needs and financial goals.

Gold Coast director and property developer sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment

Gold Coast director and property developer sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment

“Owing investors approximately $9 million (17-246MR). Many of the investors were pensioners and were approached by telemarketing or word of mouth. Investors were convinced to borrow against their homes and were told that their money would be used to develop property in Tasmania. Instead, the money paid by investors was used to pay back interest owed to other investors, payments to employees, cash withdrawals and transfers to personal bank accounts.”

ASIC bans Victorian financial adviser for three years

ASIC bans Victorian financial adviser for three years

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has banned financial adviser Julie Hamilton from providing financial services for three years for failing to act in her clients' best interests.

Enforceable undertaking excludes Queensland financial adviser for five years

Enforceable undertaking excludes Queensland financial adviser for five years

ASIC has accepted an enforceable undertaking (EU) from former Hart Ensole Pty Ltd representative, Dean Hartmann, after it was found that he failed to meet his financial advice obligations when dealing with his clients.

ASIC bans former Magnitude Group adviser

ASIC bans former Magnitude Group adviser

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has banned Perth financial adviser Jason Sean Atkins from providing financial services for a period of three years.

ASIC permanently bans former Easy Capital director Mr Yingjie Wang

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Mr Yingjie Wang (also known as Jay Wang)

A Lawyer and accountant from Sydney NSW, has been permanently banned from providing financial Services

Since June 2011, Mr Wang has been involved in the management of at least 14 companies who hold, or held, an Australian Financial Services (AFS) licence. These companies include:

  • LSG Group Pty Ltd (ACN 154 582 242) (formerly known as NZ Global Financial Trading Pty Ltd and Easy Capital Global Pty Ltd);
  • Eagle Aetos Capital Pty Ltd (ACN 150 010 736) (formerly known as GSM Financial Group); and
  • Hodgson Faraday Ltd (ACN 130 606 987) (formerly known as TM Index).

ASIC found Mr Wang was dishonest in that he knowingly caused Easy Capital Global Pty Ltd to use $100,000 of an investor's money for unauthorised purposes. Mr Wang also remained silent about a representation made to this same investor concerning the money which he knew to be false.

When examined by ASIC, Mr Wang was not forthcoming about his dishonesty and ASIC therefore found that Mr Wang was not of good fame and character.

ASIC Commissioner John Price said, 'ASIC will take action to remove dishonest persons from the financial services industry to protect the public.'

Mr Wang is seeking a review of ASIC's decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

ASIC bans Financial Adviser, Mr Darren Tindall for five years

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ASIC has banned financial adviser, Mr Darren Tindall, of Orange, NSW, from providing financial services for five years after an investigation found he failed to comply with financial services laws. 

Mr Tindall was an authorised representative of Roan Financial Group Pty Ltd between 9 May 2013 and 19 May 2014, and was based in Orange, NSW. 

Mr Tindall was banned from providing financial services after ASIC found that he had: 

  • engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct on a client's behalf by failing to disclose their pre-existing medical conditions on an insurance application submitted to an insurer; 
  • engaged in dishonest conduct by not disclosing the medical conditions in transferring that insurance obtained to a new insurer; and  
  • recklessly made misleading comparisons about superannuation products to four clients, which induced those clients to switch their superannuation. 

ASIC Deputy Chair Peter Kell said, 'ASIC will take action against financial advisers who have been dishonest or who mislead their clients, in order to increase public confidence in the financial services industry.' 

On 17 January 2017, Mr Tindall applied to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for a stay of the banning and review of ASIC's decision. The stay application was heard on 27 January 2017. On 9 February 2017, the AAT refused the stay. The date for the hearing of review of ASIC's decision is yet to be set.

 

16-444MR ASIC permanently bans former financial planner Stewart Banks

ASIC has permanently banned Queensland financial adviser Mr Stewart James Banks, from the Gold Coast, from providing financial services and engaging in credit activity.  

Mr Banks was employed as a representative of Professional Investment Services (PIS) from 18 April 2007 until 20 May 2015. 

ASIC found that during the period between September 2012 and April 2015, Mr Banks had acted dishonestly and engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct under the Corporations Act, in that he: 

  • Created documents, invoices, and fee forms in relation to six clients which were false because he did not undertake the hours of work claimed and was not entitled to the fees charged; 
  • Told two clients that he was paid by the insurance product provider when in fact he drew fees directly from clients' superannuation; 
  • Provided false declarations to the trustee of the superannuation fund in order to access fees from six clients' superannuation accounts totalling $286,530.60; and 
  • Gave funds to clients from their superannuation, and unknown to his clients, kept a portion of the funds for himself.  

ASIC also found that Mr Banks was not of good fame and character as his conduct was dishonest and involved the betrayal of client trust, as well as deceiving PIS and the trustee of the superannuation fund.  

ASIC Deputy Chair Peter Kell said, 'ASIC will take action to remove dishonest persons from the financial services and credit industry to protect the public.  

'Mr Banks' conduct was particularly harmful in that his actions eroded his clients' superannuation, which exists for the sole purpose of providing retirement benefits to members, or to their dependents if a member dies before retirement.' 

Mr Banks has the right to appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a review of ASIC's decision.

16-139MR ASIC bans former employee of financial services business

ASIC has permanently banned former AFS licensee employee Mr Nicolai D'Lamartin, of Rosebery NSW, from providing financial services.

In 2014 Mr D'Lamartin was convicted of numerous counts of fraud and related offences under the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), including impersonating persons and creating and using false documents to gain a financial advantage, larceny and using and possessing other people's identification information.

ASIC Deputy Chair Peter Kell said: 'Banning unscrupulous operators like Mr D'Lamartin will ensure consumers can have trust and confidence in the financial services industry.'

Mr D'Lamartin's convictions came to ASIC's attention in the course of investigating the conduct of an AFSL holder in late 2015. He has the right to appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for a review of ASIC’s decision.

Background

On 27 February 2014 Mr D'Lamartin was convicted of the following:

  • 3 charges of fraud under s192E(1)(a) of the Crimes Act whereby he impersonated another person to dishonestly obtain property belonging to another;
  • 17 charges of fraud under s192E(1)(b) of the Crimes Act which included conduct where he impersonated another person to dishonestly obtain a financial advantage, or engaged in the unauthorised use of cheques, online bank accounts or credit cards to obtain a financial advantage;
  • 2 charges of forgery under s253 of the Crimes Act whereby he falsified bank document and other documents in the names of others, with the intention of having someone else accept them as genuine;
  • 1 charge of forgery under s254 of the Crimes Act whereby he used false documents to obtain bank cheques from bank accounts of others;
  • 3 charges of larceny under s117 of the Crimes Act whereby he stole cash and property, including drivers licenses and credit cards, from others;
  • 2 charges of dealing with identification information under s192J of the Crimes Act whereby he used identification information belonging to two people with the intention of committing fraud;
  • 2 charges of possession of identification information under s192K of the Crimes Act whereby he possessed identification information such as drivers licences, credit cards and Medicare cards with the intention of committing fraud; and
  • 1 charge of dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime under s193C of the Crimes Act.

Mr D'Lamartin was sentenced to an aggregate term of imprisonment of 3 years which commenced on 21 November 2012 with a non-parole period of 20 months.

16-388MR Former financial adviser jailed for forgery and misuse of client assets

Former financial adviser, Mr Darren John Wise, has been sentenced in the Maroochydore District Court to seven years imprisonment on charges brought by ASIC. Mr Wise will be eligible for parole after serving 20 months.

Mr Wise, formerly of Rhodes NSW, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count each of forgery, using forged documents and fraud.

The charges related to Mr Wise's conduct between 23 October 1997 and 10 March 2006, when, as a financial adviser at Kawana Waters in Queensland, he:

  • created six applications for margin loans on which he forged eight of his clients' signatures, the effect of which was to represent that the clients had agreed to act as guarantors for the margin loans;
  • used the false margin lending applications with the intention of fraudulently inducing the lender to provide him margin loans; and
  • on 67 separate occasions gained a benefit for himself by fraudulently lodging securities owned by clients as collateral for the margin loans without the clients' authorisation.

Mr Wise dishonestly obtained a total of $1,070,700 under the margin loans as a result of his misapplication of client assets. Mr Wise used the money for his own purposes including trading in securities on the ASX for himself, paying for losses in other trading accounts he held, and paying off personal debts.

ASIC Commissioner Greg Tanzer said, 'Mr Wise repeatedly engaged in dishonest conduct, putting his own interests ahead of his clients. This type of conduct undermines trust and confidence in the financial advice industry and will not be tolerated by ASIC or the broader community. We will act to ensure financial advisers who act dishonestly are held to account for their actions'.

Mr Wise was sentenced on 14 November 2016.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions prosecuted the matter.

Background

In February 2016, ASIC permanently banned Mr Wise from providing financial services (refer: 16-032MR).

 
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