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Regulator bans mortgage director

The FSA has banned Mortgage and Finance Club director John Vincent Burton from carrying out any regulated activities. It says Burton personally certified clients’ identification documents without checking whether they were authentic, failed to identify at least 100 mortgage applications submitted with false supporting documents, failed to maintain a business register and did not keep training and competence records.

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