media release (18-227MR)

Former director convicted of fraudulently removing company property


Former director Adam John Copping of Ascot, Queensland has been convicted of dishonestly using his position to fraudulently remove company property.

Mr Copping was a former director of Trac Developments Pty Ltd (the Company), which was placed in liquidation on 7 March 2016.  An ASIC investigation found that soon after the appointment of liquidators, Mr Copping fraudulent removed an Isuzu truck that belonged to the Company without providing any consideration.

ASIC commenced an investigation after receiving a report from the liquidators, Ann Fordyce and Nigel Robert Markeyof Pilot Partners.  ASIC assisted the liquidators to prepare their report by providing funding from the Assetless Administration Fund.

Mr Copping appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 6 July 2018 and pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in conduct that resulted in the fraudulent concealment or removal of the property belonging to the Company.  Mr Copping was convicted and fined $2,500.

The matter was prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.


Mr. Copping was charged and found guilty of breaching s.590(1)(c)(i) of the Corporations Act 2001.

As a consequence of his conviction, Mr Copping is disqualified from managing companies until 5 July 2023.

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