ASIC Charges Former WA Adviser


Former AMP financial adviser David Michael Fong and his Perth-based company Fong Financial Planners have each been charged with engaging in dishonest conduct while carrying on a financial services business.

A statement from ASIC alleges that in 2014, while an authorised representative of AMP, Fong via Fong Financial Planners acted dishonestly when he:

  • Completed and submitted false information in clients’ insurance applications
  • Failed to adequately disclose fees to clients
  • Acted without client instructions
  • Failed to adequately disclose the effect of advice, for instance clients becoming uninsured after closing their superannuation accounts

ASIC says that Fong appeared before the Perth Magistrates Court on 19 November 2021 and was granted conditional bail.

The matter is being prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. It has been listed for further mention on 14 January 2022.

As background, the commission says in 2017 it permanently banned Fong from providing financial services or engaging in credit activities. Fong appealed ASIC’s decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the appeal process is stayed pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.