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Permanent ban, suspended prison sentence for trust fund theft

24 June 2019 Tim Neary

A property manager who stole money from an agency’s trust account has been permanently banned from the industry, fined and given a suspended prison sentence, after pleading guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court.

Kylie Marie Chiplin pleaded guilty and was convicted in April of stealing $34,803.99 from the trust account of Peard Real Estate Scarborough between February 2016 and May 2018 while employed as a property manager.

Ms Chiplin was fined $3,000 and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, and suspended for 24 months, by the Perth Magistrates Court.

Western Australia Consumer Protection said in a statement on Friday that based on the criminal conviction, the State Administrative Tribunal has ordered Ms Chiplin’s certificate of registration as a real estate sales representative to be cancelled and that she be permanently disqualified from being registered in the future.

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Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the registration and licensing system regulating the real estate industry aims to maintain high standards of conduct.

“Honesty and integrity are essential requirements for licence and registration holders in the industry and, when we receive evidence to the contrary, we will take action against those who breach their obligations,” Mr Hillyard said.

“There is an obligation for all real estate industry participants to be aware of the Codes of Conduct and ensure they comply with their requirements.”

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