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Former CEO found to have dishonestly obtained AICD qualification

ASIC issued a ban against the former director on Friday (21 January).

Paul Bennetts, former director and chief executive of financial services company Spaceship Capital – promoter of the Spaceship Super Fund – has been banned from providing financial services for six years after an ASIC investigation found he had dishonestly obtained his Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) qualification.

According to ASIC in 2018 Mr Bennetts – who was the Spaceship Capital’s CEO between 2017 and 2019 – asked a compliance officer within the company to complete his assessments for an AICD course without his involvement.

“ASIC found that Mr Bennetts’ actions amounted to serious misconduct, as he sought and obtained an AICD qualification by acting dishonestly,” the regulator said.

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“This conduct occurred while Mr Bennetts held a very senior position in a financial services company. ASIC found that his actions placed a subordinate staff member in a very difficult position and constituted a misuse of Spaceship Capital’s resources for his personal gain.”

The ban prevents Mr Bennetts from providing any financial service, controlling an entity that carries on a financial services business and performing any function involved in carrying on a financial services business.

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Mr Bennetts has the right to appeal the decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Former CEO found to have dishonestly obtained AICD qualification
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Neil Griffiths

Neil Griffiths

Neil is the Deputy Editor of the wealth titles, including ifa and InvestorDaily.

Neil is also the host of the ifa show podcast.

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