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18-003MR Victorian man arrested after being charged with fraud
Following an ASIC investigation, Mr Samuel Tessa has been charged with five counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception.
Mr Tessa failed to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 18 December 2017 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Mr Tessa was subsequently arrested at Melbourne airport upon his return to the country on 26 December 2017 and was granted conditional bail.
Mr Tessa was charged with these offences following an ASIC investigation into his dealings with individuals and businesses in the Melbourne automotive repair industry. It is alleged that Mr Tessa purported to act as an insurance representative or broker and dishonestly obtained money from these individuals or businesses on the pretence that payments were required for insurance premiums.
Mr Tessa has been bailed to reappear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 29 March 2018.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is prosecuting the matter.
The charges of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception contrary to section 82 of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) each carry a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment.
ASIC's Small Business Strategy was released in August 2017 and focuses on the elements of assisting, engaging with and helping to protect small business. This action is an example of how ASIC's enforcement work aims to protect small business by levelling the playing field so that everyone is playing by the same rules.
Editor's note 1:
The matter has been set down for committal mention on 24 May 2018.
Editor's note 2:
The matter has been adjourned for committal mention on 15 June 2018.
Editor's note 3:
An application by Mr Tessa for summary jurisdiction was refused and the matter set down for a Committal Hearing commencing on 17 October 2018. His bail has been extended to this date.