The corporate regulator has announced that it has banned a former NAB branch manager for accepting false documentation in support of a home loan application from an introducer.
An ongoing ASIC investigation has resulted in the permanent banning of former National Australia Bank (NAB) branch manager Mathew Alwan from engaging in credit activities and providing financial services.
The ban follows an extensive ASIC investigation in respect of NAB employees in greater western Sydney who were accepting false documents in support of loan applications and falsely attributing loans as having been referred by NAB introducers in order to obtain commissions. This conduct was the subject of the first case study before the financial services royal commission.
ASIC has noted that from 2012 to 2015, Mr Alwan assigned 101 home loans as being referred to NAB by an introducer, causing a total of $186,725 to be paid to the introducer by way of commission.
ASIC stated that it found, in 25 of these loan applications, Mr Alwan had knowingly given NAB false or misleading information and documentation.
The introducer in question is Mr Alwan’s relative, a fact he did not disclose to NAB and actively concealed from the bank when questioned.
ASIC said that Mr Alwan’s conduct was dishonest, deliberate and repeated.
The regulator also found that Mr Alwan personally lent money to a NAB staff member who reported to him and to a NAB customer while loan applications by each of them were pending approval, which ASIC said created an unacceptable conflict of interest.
Mr Alwan has the right to lodge an application for review of ASIC’s decisions with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
ASIC added that its ongoing investigation is considering whether a brief for criminal charges should be referred to the CDPP.
Charbel Kadib is the news editor on The Adviser and Mortgage Business.
Before joining the team in 2017, Charbel completed internships with public relations agency Fifty Acres, and the Department of Communications and the Arts.
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