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FSA bans and fines mortgage broker £100,000

The FSA has banned an Essex mortgage broker and fined him £101,279 for submitting a fraudulent mortgage application.

The watchdog has also revealed that 1st Point director Gabriel Aramide, based in Romford, has also been censured for concealing a fraud conviction when applying to the FSA for approval as a director.

The FSA says Aramide failed to co-operate with its investigation into circumstances suggesting his knowing involvement in mortgage fraud for himself and for a number of 1st Point customers. He also obtained a £255,000 mortgage for himself through 1st Point, which was based on false and misleading information.

FSA director of enforcement Margaret Cole says: “Aramide’s actions were blatant and he poses 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 obtained individual approval on a false basis by deliberately concealing his previous involvement in fraud and his criminal record.”

The FSA has now banned around 35 brokers in the last two years and have levied a number of large fines in response.

Cole adds: “Perpetrators of fraud will increasingly find themselves facing bans and significant fines as we continue our work in this area.”


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