On 20 January 2023, Mr Bradley Grimm, a former Melbourne financial planner, pleaded guilty to three counts of engaging in dishonest conduct whilst running a financial services business. Mr Grimm was legally represented. This followed the listing for trial of the criminal charges against Mr Grimm to commence on 18 January 2023.
Between 18 February 2015 and 12 March 2015, Mr Grimm engaged in dishonest conduct on five occasions when he transferred monies between two of his clients’ Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs) to three separate companies of which the was the sole director and had little market value:
- Thrive Lending Pty Ltd,
- Trade BTC Pty Ltd, and
- Beta Pharmacology Pty Ltd
On a further seven occasions between 5 November 2015 and 11 November 2015, Mr Grimm dishonestly transferred shares and convertible notes owned by his clients’ SMSF to Equity Capital Partners Hedge Fund Pty Ltd, without adequately advising his client that it was a company of which he was the sole director and had a personal interest. He also failed to advise his client that ASIC had sought the winding up of entities related to him, including Ostrava Equities Pty Ltd (which was authorised to provide financial advice and deal in financial products), and that he was banned from providing financial services by order of the Federal Court.
Mr Grimm’s charges followed ASIC’s successful action in the Federal Court for the winding up of Ostrava Equities Pty Ltd, Ostrava Asset Management Pty Ltd, Ostrava Securities Pty Ltd, Ostrava Wealth Management Pty Ltd, Beta Pharmacology Pty Ltd, Prometheus Capital Pty Ltd, Thrive Lending Pty Ltd, Trade BTC Pty Ltd and Equity Capital Partners Hedge Fund Pty Ltd (16-286MR and 18- 360MR))
The matter has been listed in the Victorian County Court on 14 April 2023 for plea and sentencing hearing.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is prosecuting the matter after a brief was referred by ASIC.
At the time of the offending, each breach of s1041G(1) of the Corporations Act carried a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.