Branch manager banned for misconduct

The misconduct was the subject of the first case study in the Royal Commission

Branch manager banned for misconduct


By Rebecca Pike

A bank branch manager who was the subject of the first case study in the Royal Commission hearings has now been permanently banned.

An ongoing investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has resulted in Mathew Alwan being banned from engaging in credit activities and providing financial services. 

The ban is the result of an extensive ASIC investigation in respect of NAB employees in greater western Sydney who were accepting false documents in support of loan applications and falsely attributing loans as having been referred by NAB introducers in order to obtain commissions. This conduct was the subject of the first case study before the financial services Royal Commission.

From 2012 to 2015, Alwan assigned 101 home loans as being referred to NAB by an introducer, causing a total of $186,725 to be paid to the introducer by way of commission.

ASIC found in 25 of these loan applications, Alwan had knowingly given NAB false or misleading information and documentation.   

The introducer in question is Alwan’s relative, a fact he did not disclose to NAB and actively concealed from the bank when questioned.

ASIC found that Alwan’s conduct was dishonest, deliberate and repeated.

ASIC also found Alwan personally lent money to a NAB staff member who reported to him and to a NAB customer while loan applications by each of them were pending approval, creating an unacceptable conflict of interest.

Alwan has the right to lodge an application for review of ASIC’s decisions with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

ASIC’s ongoing investigation is considering whether a brief for criminal charges should be referred to the CDPP.

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