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Former adviser pleads guilty to dishonest conduct 

By tzhang
November 18 2021
1 minute read
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A former NSW financial adviser has pleaded guilty to five criminal offences involving dishonest conduct and providing fabricated evidence to ASIC.

Former financial adviser, Ezzat-Daniel Nesseim of Gordon NSW, has pleaded guilty to five criminal offences at the Downing Centre Local Court.

“Mr Nesseim previously ran the financial services business Smart Financial Strategies and has pleaded guilty to dishonestly providing three backdated wholesale client certificates to ASIC in an attempt to persuade ASIC to cease or modify its inquiries,” ASIC said.


“He also gave false answers and information to ASIC, both under oath and in response to statutory notices, after questions were raised about these certificates.”

Mr Nesseim was also found to make use of evidence he knew was fabricated, including doctored emails attached to his written statement and purported witness statements from individuals, in a hearing before an ASIC delegate. He further gave false testimony in a hearing before an ASIC delegate.

Mr Nessiem has been granted conditional bail and has been committed to the Sydney District Court for sentence.

The matter has been adjourned to the Sydney District Court for mention on 10 December 2021. 

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is prosecuting this matter following a referral by ASIC.

The offences carry penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment.

Mr Nesseim was permanently banned from providing financial services on 12 March 2018. Mr Nesseim was also permanently banned from engaging in credit activities from 19 July 2019 as he was found not to be a fit and proper person to engage in credit activities.

Mr Nesseim is currently the general manager of Accord Partners, a business operated by Foresight Enterprises, of which Mr Nesseim is the sole director.


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Tony Zhang

Tony Zhang

Tony Zhang is a journalist at Accountants Daily, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the accounting sector.

Since joining the Momentum Media team in 2020, Tony has written for a range of its publications including Lawyers Weekly, Adviser Innovation, ifa and SMSF Adviser. He has been full-time on Accountants Daily since September 2021.