Mortgage broker jailed for $170 million fraud

Mortgage broker jailed for $170 million fraud
Mortgage broker jailed for $170 million fraud

A mortgage broker at a Melbourne-based finance broking company has been sentenced to five years jail after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud financial institutions.

The broker, Najam Shah, was charged during an ASIC investigation into Footscray-based finance broking company Myra Home Loans, which traded as Myra Financial Services (Myra).

The charge relates to Shah's role at Myra and the creation and use of false documents to support loan applications valued at nearly $170 million.

Shah's charge relates to conspiring with others to defraud financial institutions through the provision of false documents in support of loan applications submitted on behalf of Myra clients between about March 2008 and August 2010, the Australian Broker noted.

The fraud relates to submitting false documents for more than 500 loan applications valued at approximately $170 million to banks and financial institutions, including the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, St George Bank, Bankwest, Adelaide Bank, Bank of Queensland, Choice Home Loans, Citibank, NAB, Pepper Homeloans and Suncorp Bank.

The documents included bank statements, payslips, citizenship certificates and statutory declarations. 

Shah pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiring to defraud financial institutions. He must serve three years and three months before being eligible for parole.

On 13 February 2017, Shah entered the guilty plea during an appearance at the County Court of Victoria. 

Shah’s plea followed his arrest and charge in January 2015. 

In sentencing Shah, Judge Gucciardo noted that mortgage fraud of this nature damages the integrity of the lending system and that Shah's well organised deception enabled such corruption. He further noted that Shah was motivated by greed.

"ASIC will continue to ensure that mortgage brokers who provide false documentation are held to account. Today's sentencing reflects both the severity of Mr Shah's actions and the consequences facing those who do not abide by the law,” ASIC deputy chair Peter Kell said.

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

The ASIC's probe is still on.



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