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FSA bans insurance brokers for embezzling client funds

The FSA has banned two insurance brokers for using client money to fund business and personal expenses.

Both Shield Insurance Consultancy director Delwyn Way and Griffiths McAlister Insurance Brokers director Adrian Shillaker have been banned from working in financial services for failing to adequately protect client’s money and assets.

Way was also fined £77,957 to cover the amount of money stolen. Shilaker avoided a fine due to financial hardship.

Way was fined and banned for putting clients at risk by failing to ensure their insurance premiums were passed onto insurers. The fine covers the estimated amount of client money and assets that Way embezzled from Shield’s client money account to fund business and personal expenses.

Shilaker has been banned for knowingly transferring client money to Griffith McAlister’s business account to fund its business expenses. Shillaker also failed to ensure the client money was managed in accordance with the FSA’s Client Money rules including failing to segregate client money from other funds. The FSA says Shillaker’s failings left customers at risk of losing their money but says he has taken steps to ensure that monies owed to customers have been repaid. The FSA has also cancelled the permission of the firm.

FSA director of enforcement and financial crime Margaret Cole says: “It is simply unacceptable that these two individuals have failed to ensure their clients have the appropriate protection in place and as a result we have taken firm action. 

“Firms must take their responsibilities to protect client’s money and assets very seriously and we have clearly set out our expectations in this area. In particular, firms must not mis-use client money, they must keep it separate from all other funds in an appropriate trust account, and client money must not be rendered vulnerable to loss or reduction.”

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  1. David Sneddon 9th June 2010 at 1:26 pm

    So, a small firm “loses/embezzles” clients money and is banned and fined.

    Quite rightly so.

    A Bank loses customers/shareholders money and gets help to repay it.

    Yep the world has gone mad right enough

  2. Good, they deserve it.
    Why do they not get independent accountants or auditors to audit client accounts every month or every quarter.
    If I was in charge of FSA I would work on getting that in place.
    You would find these bad people would not be able to carry that out as they would get found out straight away and would protect clients from lasting financial damage.

  3. And there’s more!

  4. Dear Mr Osborne

    Please don’t view this as an example of the FSA doing its job, I know why this unit was set up.

    Unfortunately the FSA can only catch the tiddlers in their ‘shooting fish in a barrel’ modus operandi, the other barrels hven’t been found and never will, the regulators will never find the real crooks any more that they will stop insider dealing.

    You have the opportunity to do something positive, don’t waste it as previous governments did.

    But I won’t be holding out much hope because the vested interests have your ear.

  5. Vincent leonard 10th June 2010 at 11:30 am

    Dear Sirs, Fraud and attempted fraud are CRIMINAL activities. Until financial criminals are brought to book and punished properly, just like the Rio Tinto offenders in China, the vast majority will continue their evil practices and laugh in the face of British “Justice”. We may have a Legal System but we DON’T have a proper judicial one. Make our biggest and best import from China their most effective way of dealing with criminals.

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