The FSA has banned a mortgage broker and fined him £101,279 for submitting a fraudulent mortgage application and for concealing a fraud conviction when applying to the FSA for approval as a director.
Gabriel Aramide was an FSA approved person and director of Romford-based 1st Point, and has had permissions withdrawn.
The regulator said the six figure fine was aimed at deterring mortgage brokers from getting involved in mortgage fraud and at retrieving Aramide's illicit profits.
The FSA found that Aramide had obtained individual approval on a false basis by deliberately concealing his previous involvement in fraud and his criminal record and had obtained a £255,000 mortgage for himself through 1st Point which was based on false and misleading information.
The regulator also found that the broker failed to co-operate with the FSA's investigation into circumstances suggesting his knowing involvement in mortgage fraud for himself and for a number of 1st Point customers. Margaret Cole, director of enforcement at the FSA, described the broker's actions as 'blatant', adding that he posed a serious risk to lenders.
"His concealment of his criminal record showed a lack of honesty and integrity on his part and the FSA will seek to prevent people like him from working in authorised firms."
She concluded: "As part of our continuing investigation of mortgage fraud facilitated by mortgage brokers, we have banned around 35 brokers in the last two years and have levied a number of large fines. Perpetrators of fraud will increasingly find themselves facing bans and significant fines as we continue our work in this area."Mortgage Solutions
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