Mr Andre Kunz of Kenthurst, NSW has been convicted of breaching his directors’ duties.
Mr Kunz is the former director of Total Hoarding Supplies Pty Ltd ACN 107 987 271 (Deregistered) (Total Hoarding Supplies) and Sybab Pty Ltd ACN 144 935 311 (Deregistered) (Sybab) which later became Abbar Pty Ltd. The companies supplied components for hoardings and overhead protection structures for construction sites.
ASIC’s investigation found Mr Kunz dishonestly and recklessly transferred $2,017,299.12 in assets from Total Hoarding Supplies to Sybab between 1 July 2010 and 13 July 2011. The consideration for the asset transfer was a 20-year loan at 8% interest per annum with the principal and interest payable at maturity and no repayment to be made before such time. Total Hoarding Supplies was subsequently unable to continue to trade and generate cash flow to be able to meet its liabilities leading to the company’s insolvency.
At the time Total Hoarding Supplies was being pursued by the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for outstanding loans totalling $1,636,170.55.
Transferring assets from one company to another without paying for the assets is commonly known as illegal phoenix activity.
Neil Cussen of Deloitte Australia was appointed the liquidator to Total Hoarding Supplies on 28 January 2014. ASIC commenced its investigation after receiving a supplementary report from Mr Cussen which was funded from the Assetless Administration Fund.
Mr Kunz appeared in the Downing Centre Local Court on 22 December 2020. He was sentenced to a community corrections order for a period of two years, to complete 200 hours of community service work and ordered to pay a fine of $2000.00.
As a consequence of the conviction, Mr Kunz is automatically disqualified from managing corporations for five years.
The matter was prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
On 10 November 2020, Mr Kunz plead guilty to the charges (20-283MR).