Andrew Matthews, a former mobile banker with National Australia Bank (NAB), has appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with falsifying home loan documents and attempting to defraud the bank.
According to ABC News
, Matthews faces 49 counts of obtaining property by deception, one charge of attempting to obtain property by deception, one charge of conspiring to defraud and three counts of possessing proceeds of crime.
Overall, his activities and the commission gained allegedly netted him $825,000 in cash as well as a Ferrari.
Matthews has been accused of getting dozens of customers to sign documents falsifying they had been referred to NAB through its Introducer Program between 2012 and 2016. He was also accused of conspiring with a second individual to split any commissions gained.
A NAB spokesperson said the bank identified the alleged scam through its own internal checks and balances.
“We immediately reported him to Victoria Police, and have cooperated fully with their investigations.”
Matthews was named NAB’s mobile banker of the year for regional Victoria in 2015 before the bank terminated his employment in July last year, the spokesperson added.
reported that the accused is now on bail and will face the Melbourne Magistrates Court again in February.
This matter is separate to last week’s incident which saw 20 NAB bankers fired
and 2,300 home loan customers remediated.
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