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Fraudster who scammed Melbourne firms arrested

Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti
10 January 2018 1 minute readShare

A Victorian man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding businesses and individuals by collecting money for bogus insurance premiums.

Following an investigation by Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), Samuel Tessa was arrested on entry to Melbourne Airport after he failed to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 18 December 2017.

Mr Tessa was charged with five counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception. He allegedly posed as an insurance representative or broker to con businesses and individuals in the motor repair industry out of money for supposed insurance premiums.

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According to ASIC, each of the charges facing Mr Tessa carries a maximum 10 years imprisonment, meaning if found guilty he could face as long as 50 years behind bars.

The arrest comes as ASIC attempts to enforce its Small Business Strategy, unveiled in August 2017, which aims to protect small businesses and enforce honest dealings across the business spectrum.

 

Following his arrest, Mr Tessa was granted conditional bail, and is due to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on 29 March 2018.

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Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016. 

The two-time Publish Awards finalist has an extensive journalistic career across business, property and finance, including a four-year stint in the UK. Email Adam at [email protected]

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