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Thursday 7 July 2016

16-219MR Former AUSSIE mortgage broker admits to charges relating to the submission of false loan applications

Mr Madhvan Nair, a former mortgage broker with AHL Investments Pty Ltd (trading as Aussie), has admitted through his solicitor to eighteen charges brought by ASIC. The charges related to the submission, by Mr Nair, of loan applications and supporting documents which he knew contained false information, to secure approvals for home loans from Westpac, National Australia Bank, and ANZ.

ASIC's investigation found that between September 2012 and June 2014, Mr Nair submitted eighteen loan applications totalling $5,594,559 containing false borrower employment documents. Of the eighteen loan applications, twelve were approved and disbursed, totaling $3,721,684.  

Mr Nair received commission on those twelve loans of $7,583.49. In addition Mr Nair received cash payments totalling $2,500 from two of the loan applicants upon approval of their loan applications. Mr Nair therefore received a financial benefit of $10,083.49 as a result of the approved loan applications.

The eighteen loan applications ranged in value from $10,000 to $490,875.

Mr Nair appeared before the Downing Centre Local Court and through his solicitor admitted to providing documents in support of loan applications that were false or misleading.

Mr Nair next appears  in court on 30 August 2016 for sentencing

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) is prosecuting the matter.

Background

Mr Nair was authorised to provide credit services as a credit representative to consumers from 1 July 2010 to 7 July 2014, when Aussie terminated his authorisation.

Mr Nair received his commission through Smee & Pree Nair Enterprises Pty Ltd (ACN 091 014 756) a company controlled and owned by Mr Nair.

Mr Nair was charged by ASIC under section 160D (and the former section 33(2)) of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 in relation to his conduct whilst he was engaging in credit activity on behalf of Aussie. Section 160D (formerly section 33(2)) makes it an offence for a person engaging in credit activities to give false or misleading information or documents to another person. He appeared in Court and pleaded guilty to the charges on 5 July 2016.

Mr Nair faces a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment or a fine of up to 60 penalty units (which in the case of sequence 1 equates to $6,600 and in the case of sequences 2 to 18 equates to $10,200), or both, for each charge.

Last updated: 12/07/2016 10:56