ASIC permanently bans financial adviser for providing false evidence to ASIC
Content of Penalty:
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has permanently banned financial adviser Ezzat-Daniel Nesseim from providing financial services. ASIC found that Mr Nesseim engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct, that he was not of good fame or character, and that he was likely to contravene a financial services law.
In the course of an ASIC investigation into advice provided by Mr Nesseim, he provided three wholesale client certificates that he had backdated (or caused to be backdated), in the hope that they would cause ASIC to cease or modify its inquiries.
In response to questions regarding these certificates, Mr Nesseim gave false answers to ASIC under oath. Further, Mr Nesseim affirmed that a written statement he provided to ASIC was true, when it contained statements by him that were false.
ASIC Senior Executive Leader Louise Macaulay said that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated by ASIC. "Providing false evidence to ASIC in an attempt to avoid scrutiny by the regulator is reprehensible and does not uphold the attributes of honesty and integrity required of a financial adviser."
Mr Nesseim was an Executive Business Financial Adviser at Westpac Banking Corporation from 1 August 2006 to 22 March 2013. He was an authorised representative of Fortnum Private Wealth Pty Ltd from 13 June 2013 to 9 June 2016 and, most recently, he was an authorised representative of Libertas Financial Planning Pty Ltd from 22 June 2016 to 1 March 2018.