04.08.09 FSA bans Cornwall broker for fraud

04.08.09 FSA bans Cornwall broker for fraud

The FSA has banned Cornwall mortgage broker Stephen Sanders for submitting at least three mortgage applications on behalf of customers which he knew contained false and misleading income information.

Sanders withheld information from a prospective employer relating to an investigation into him by his former employer which resulted in his suspension. He also failed to disclose to the FSA that he was the subject of an ongoing disciplinary investigation into his conduct by his former employer when applying to the FSA to perform a controlled function.

For the first customer mortgage application, the income as stated in the mortgage application, was substantively higher that that declared by the customer to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). In the second mortgage application the income stated in a mortgage application included some of the income of the customer’s parents which was falsely described as his own. And in the third case there were discrepancies in the application about the income sources of the two customers who were making a joint application.

Margaret Cole, director of enforcement at the FSA, said: “Sanders submitted mortgage applications which he knew to be false and this posed a serious risk to lenders and confidence in the financial system. Our work on mortgage fraud continues as a priority in our campaign against financial crime.”

She added: “We have banned more than 60 mortgage brokers over the last three years and we will continue to ban such people to reinforce the message that knowingly giving false and misleading information to prospective lenders is dishonest. Approved persons must also be open and honest with the FSA and prospective employers about their circumstances. Behaviour which shows lack of honesty and integrity will result in a ban.”

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