Breaking News: Brokerage director convicted of fraudulent activity

A New South Wales brokerage director has been convicted of fraudulent concealment of property from a liquidator



David John Barrett, previously of Glenhaven, New South Wales, has been convicted after being charged by ASIC with one count of fraudulent concealment of property from a liquidator.

Barrett pleaded guilty in the Downing Centre Local Court on October 1, 2013.

He was the sole director of Preferred Finance Solutions Pty Ltd, a mortgage broking business in Parramatta that sourced and negotiated home loans for consumers on behalf of various financial institutions.

ASIC's investigation found that Barrett failed to provide details of a company bank account that was receiving trailing commissions from the loans that had been secured for consumers. Barrett failed to provide the details of the bank account to the liquidator until September 2m 2008. During this period the account transactions were approximately $40,000.

"Directors who run companies must do so with honesty. In this instance, the fraudulent concealment of the bank account from the liquidator is an example of a failure to act honestly and ASIC will take action where directors fail to do so," says ASIC Commissioner Greg Tanzer.

Barrett was convicted without passing sentence under section 20(1)(a) of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) upon entering into a recognizance release order with a condition to be of good behaviour for two years. As a result of the conviction, he is automatically disqualified from managing corporations for five years.

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