Federal Court finds against former NSW FBAA head

by Adam Smith08 Feb 2012

The Federal Court has found two finance broking companies owned by a former NSW president of the FBAA engaged in unconscionable and misleading conduct.

ASIC has announced the court decision finding that the Australian Lending Centre Pty Ltd and Sydney Lending Centre Pty Ltd, both owned and controlled by former NSW FBAA president Christopher John Riotto, had placed borrowers in inappropriate and unserviceable loans.

Brokers for the companies were found by the court to have put clients into business loans when they knew the clients wanted personal loans. In two cases, the brokers also represented to lenders that the loans were for business purposes.

In another case, the court found that a broker engaged in unconscionable conduct by securing a business loan for a client who the court said "suffered from a clearly identifiable disability" which was exploited to have him sign a broking contract and loan.

The lender in the case, AMR Investments Pty Ltd, was also owned and controlled by Riotto. The court found that AMR also engaged in unconscionable conduct, and that Riotto was knowingly involved with both the broker and AMR's contraventions.

As a result of the findings, the court granted an injunction restraining future similar conduct and awarded compensation to a borrower who suffered a "significant loss".


  • by Graeme Kluck 8/02/2012 9:03:07 PM

    They got off lightly. I hope they have to pay out mega bucks. How come they are still liecnced.

  • by Denise Brailey 9/02/2012 7:44:10 AM

    So was the Lender brought to account for having approved the loan without any checking of details submitted?
    How was the loan approved as a business person when that information was according to the court, false? This case seems to raise more questions does it not?