ASIC has permanently banned Ms Anneliese Ada Willmott, a former financial advisor from Victoria, from providing financial services.
Ms Willmott is a director of Polaris Financial Services Pty Ltd and was an authorised representative of a Commonwealth Bank of Australia-owned financial planning firm, Financial Wisdom Limited, from 12 November 2015 until 10 August 2017.
ASIC found Ms Willmott had:
- engaged in dishonest, misleading and deceptive conduct by forging client signatures, using false documents and back-dating documents;
- deleted records to conceal misconduct;
- falsely declared to have witnessed signatures on Death Benefit Nomination Forms and arranged for others to backdate and falsely witness these forms, and
- failed to provide Statements of Advice to clients.
Ms Wilmott has the right to appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a review of ASIC’s decision.
ASIC’s investigation into Ms Willmott’s conduct followed notification from Financial Wisdom Limited.