Former property developer sentenced after dishonest conduct

Director sentenced to prison for four years and four months

Former property developer sentenced after dishonest conduct


By Ryan Johnson

Former director Mudasir Mohammed Naseeruddin has been sentenced to a total prison sentence of four years and four months for dishonest conduct and other charges, according to ASIC.

He will serve a non-parole period of two years and nine months.

The sentence was handed down after Naseeruddin pleaded guilty in August to two charges of dishonest conduct.

ASIC said that Naseeruddin encouraged investors to rollover their superannuation monies into newly created self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) and to lend those funds to his two companies, Secure Investments Pty Ltd and Aquila Group Pty Ltd. Naseeruddin was a director of both companies.

Between May 13, 2015, and January 6, 2020, Naseeruddin dishonestly obtained more than $520,000 from six investors, including three First Nations investors from rural New South Wales.

Naseeruddin told the victims that the funds would be invested in property developments. However, only a small portion of their funds were invested this way.

Between July 14, 2016, and December 23, 2019, Naseeruddin also dishonestly used his position as a director of Secure Investments Pty Ltd to withdraw over $550,000 from the company to purchase shares in a security company for his own benefit.

ASIC deputy chair Sarah Court (pictured above) said investors were encouraged to set up SMSFs so they could access their retirement funds to invest in these property companies.

“Sadly, these investors were taken advantage of and their funds were used dishonestly,” Court said.

Court said ASIC has been dedicated to this case for some time, freezing the assets of Naseeruddin’s companies in 2019 and obtaining orders to wind up the companies in 2020.

“Today’s criminal outcome sends a strong message that dishonest conduct by directors will be investigated and prosecuted.”

In handing down her decision, Judge Todd called Naseeruddin’s conduct “egregious and unacceptable”.

Todd said Naseeruddin “exploited relationships of trust” and noted that the effect of his conduct on victims was “nothing short of ruinous”.

Naseeruddin’s pleas of guilty were taken into account in sentencing, among other factors such as his youth and naivety at the time of offending, and good prospects of rehabilitation.

This matter was prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions following an investigation and referral by ASIC.


ASIC reminded First Nations consumers to stay away from anyone who says they can help you get access to your superannuation, it may be a scam.

“Contact ASIC’s Indigenous Helpline on 1300 365 957 if you are concerned about anyone attempting to do so. You can get more information on how to look after your superannuation at Moneysmart,” ASIC said.

In December 2020, Naseeruddin was arrested and charged with dishonest conduct and misuse of his position as a director (20-310MR).

The arrest came after ASIC took civil action to obtain interim orders to preserve the assets of Mr Naseeruddin’s companies, Secure Investments Pty Ltd and Aquila Group Pty Ltd (20-108MR).

In October 2020, ASIC obtained orders to wind up Mr Naseeruddin’s companies and declarations that Mr Naseeruddin had operated a financial services business without the appropriate licence (20-257MR).

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