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FMA charges man with obtaining by deception

06 June 2019

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) says it has charged a man with offences under the Crimes Act 1961 and the Financial Markets Authority Act 2011

He has been charged with:

The FMA says the man, who has not been named until it is clear whether he will seek name suppression, contacted members of the public claiming to invest funds on their behalf.

He convinced members to transfer funds to bank accounts in his control and obtained just under $100,000.

After incorporating a company, he further cold-called other investors to promote a foreign exchange investment service which did not exist.

The FMA also alleges the man obstructed the exercise of the FMA’s powers during their investigation, by giving false evidence in purported compliance with a notice issued to him under s 25 of the FMA Act.

The maximum penalty for the Crimes Act charges is 7 years imprisonment. The maximum penalty for obstruction of the FMA’s powers is a fine of $300,000.

The first hearing is scheduled for 12 June 2019.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019