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Financial planner deceives investors to steal millions of dollars

The Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
Date published
March 2019

Relevant impacts: Financial impact, human impact and industry impact

A financial planner lied to his clients by falsely stating he had invested their funds and that their investments were performing well. However, rather than investing $5.1 million of his client's funds, the financial planner used them as he pleased. The man was found guilty of 8 counts of fraud under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and an additional 4 counts of fraud under the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth). He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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