Sunday, December 3, 2023

Ex-Ralan Group MD admits to fraud

William O’Dwyer, the ex-managing director of corporations throughout the Ralan Group corporations, has entered a responsible plea for six offenses underneath part 192E of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) after an investigation by ASIC.

The company regulator stated that between April 17, 2015, and June 6, 2018, O’Dwyer deceitfully acquired the flexibility for Ralan Group corporations to entry $251 million in financing.

The Ralan Group is a Sydney-based entity that offered, developed, and managed corporations from 2014 to 2019. In July 2019, the group’s corporations entered voluntary administration and have been subsequently positioned in liquidation by March 6, 2020. The liquidator estimated that the Ralan Group owed unsecured collectors $323 million in November 2019.

The fees stemmed from loans supplied to Ralan Group corporations concerned in residential growth initiatives in Sydney, Arncliffe, Turramurra, and Gordon. These loans required proof that pre-sale deposits from property patrons have been held in belief earlier than mortgage drawdowns have been allowed.

“O’Dwyer deceived the lenders into believing that the pre-sale deposits have been held in a belief account, when in reality that they had been loaned by the purchasers again to the respective growth firm to be used as working capital,” ASIC stated in a media launch.

“Roughly $132 million was drawn down upon the services, with roughly $47 million repaid by the point the businesses within the Ralan Group went into administration in July 2019. An extra quantity is predicted to be recouped by the lenders following their buy and growth of the Arncliffe property.”

O’Dwyer’s preliminary courtroom look was on July 25, on the Downing Centre Native Court docket. He later admitted guilt on Aug. 22. The sentencing listening to is scheduled for Dec. 7, on the New South Wales District Court docket.

The case is being prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions after a referral from ASIC.

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