The corporate regulator has begun proceedings in court against a former adviser and his firm, alleging it was providing financial services with no licence or authorisation.
ASIC commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland against Richard Gardner, a credit representative and former financial adviser, and Advanced Wealth Financial Services.
It is seeking final orders to restrain Mr Gardner and Advanced Wealth Financial Services from carrying on a financial services business unless authorised.
ASIC said Mr Gardner and Advanced Wealth Financial Services were providing financial services with no licence or authorisation.
Following an investigation, ASIC alleged that:
ASIC noted Mr Gardner and Advanced Wealth Financial Services are not licensed nor authorised to provide financial services, only credit services.
The matter will be heard in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on 12 February 2019. ASIC said its investigation is continuing.
Adrian Flores is a deputy editor at Momentum Media, focusing mainly on banking, wealth management and financial services. He has also written for Public Accountant, Accountants Daily and The CEO Magazine.
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