ASIC issues permanent ban to Sydney motor vehicle finance broker

by AB22 May 2013

ASIC has permanently banned a Sydney-based motor vehicle finance and insurance broker, following an investigation that found he engaged in dishonest conduct.

Keith Son, formerly of Newington, Sydney, was the director of VIP Fleet Pty Ltd (VIP), a former Sydney-based motor vehicle finance and insurance broker.

ASIC's investigation found that Son helped numerous customers of VIP apply for motor vehicle finance and arranged for the loan proceeds, totalling approximately $150,000, to be paid directly into a bank account operated by VIP. Son failed to pay the loan funds to the motor vehicle dealerships for which they were intended and instead used the money for his own purposes.

 He also arranged insurance policies on vehicles and collected premium payments from customers, but failed to pass on the payments to the insurers.

ASIC deputy chairman, Peter Kell, says individuals licensed to provide financial services who ‘blatantly disregard their duties’ are not welcome in the industry.

“ASIC will act to remove you from the industry if you fail to comply with financial services laws and breach consumer trust.”

Son has a right to review of ASIC's decisions by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

ASIC's inquiries into this matter are continuing.