ASIC commence court proceedings against former financial advisor Brett Gordon and his wife

ASIC commence court proceedings against former financial advisor Brett Gordon and his wife
ASIC commence court proceedings against former financial advisor Brett Gordon and his wife

ASIC has commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland against:

  • Brett Andrew Gordon, a former financial adviser;
  • Refocus Financial Group Pty Ltd (Refocus), a financial planning business based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, operated by Mr Gordon;
  • Heather Jean Swift, Mr Gordon’s partner; and
  • Consultia Super Pty Ltd (Consultia) of which Ms Swift is the sole director.

Mr Gordon and Refocus were authorised representatives of Solar Financial Advisory Pty Ltd (Solar) between 28 June 2014 and 26 August 2017. During that period, ASIC alleges that Mr Gordon recommended that clients establish self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) and then advance unsecured loans to a related company, Diverse Capital Management Pty Ltd (Diverse) to undertake property development. Diverse was placed into liquidation on 18 May 2018.

Following an investigation, ASIC alleges that:

  • At least 10 clients loaned $1.4 million to Diverse on Mr Gordon’s recommendation. Those funds remain outstanding;
  • Mr Gordon used funds that had been loaned to Diverse for his personal use and as working capital for Refocus;
  • Ms Swift received funds from Diverse which were applied for her personal use;
  • Mr Gordon and Refocus entered into other unsecured loan agreements to borrow funds from SMSF clients of Refocus, which have not yet been repaid; and
  • Mr Gordon has continued to provide financial services despite not being licensed to do so.

ASIC is seeking orders to:

  • Appoint a provisional liquidator to Refocus and Consultia;
  • Prevent Mr Gordon and Ms Swift from dealing with their assets; and
  • Restrain Mr Gordon from providing financial services.

The matter will be heard in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on 11 July 2018.

ASIC's investigation is continuing.

Background

Solar terminated Mr Gordon and Refocus as authorised representatives after becoming aware of Mr Gordon's conduct, and reported it to ASIC.

Clients of Refocus who wish to make a complaint regarding Mr Gordon can contact Solar or the Financial Ombudsman Service on 1800 367 287.

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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