Daughter joins father in ASIC mortgage broker ban

ASIC found the Mascot-based Ms Sahay was involved in 31 contraventions of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act through her father’s use of her accreditations

ASIC has banned the Sydney mortgage broker Astna Shirtika Sahay after she let her father use her company’s credit representative authority and ANZ accreditation.

Ms Sahay’s father, Shiv Prakash Sahay, used her accreditations after he was banned for life by ASIC in 2015.

The corporate regulator found the Mascot based Ms Sahay was involved in 31 contraventions of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act through her father’s use of her accreditations.

Her company was Absolute Finance.

ASIC found Ms Sahay did not possess the necessary attributes of diligence, judgment, honesty and integrity and was not a fit and proper person to engage in credit activities.

Sahay’s banning is recorded on ASIC’s Banned and Disqualified Persons Register.

Ms Sahay has the right to appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a review of the ASIC’s decision.

Mr Sahay was sentenced last June 2020 in the Downing Centre Local Court on two charges of breaching section 82(2) of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cth). 

After Mr Sahay pleaded guilty to the offences he was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of nine months, which was wholly suspended immediately upon Mr Sahay entering into a nine-month good behaviour bond.

The court found that between October 2015 and October 2018, Mr Sahay continued to engage in credit activity in relation to 38 credit contracts for loans totalling over $17 million and earned $111,064 in commissions on these loans.

The matter was prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions after an investigation and referral of a prosecution brief from ASIC.

Sahay’s conduct was part of the consumer lending case study considered in the Financial Services Royal Commission.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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