Sunbury real estate agent’s representative Henri Claude Phillipe Du Pont (previously known as Philip Wickham) has been fined $17,000 for acting as an agent’s representative while ineligible to do so.
Mr Du Pont pleaded guilty in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to breaching the Estate Agents Act 1980 by acting as an agent’s representative on the sale of a historic property near Colac between January and March 2011.
He arranged for licensed estate agent Du Pont Sung International Properties Pty Ltd to sign an exclusive sale authority regarding the property with the owner.
Mr Du Pont also told another agent that he would work with him to arrange printing brochures, advertising in newspapers and on television and radio and putting up a sign board. He then met with the agent at Colac to talk about the marketing of the property.
Mr Du Pont acted as an agent’s representative when was not eligible to act as an agent’s representative because, in 2007, he was convicted of dishonesty offences in Queensland and sentenced to nine months’ jail.
The court convicted Mr Du Pont and fined him $17,000 with costs reserved.
In a previous court action, Du Pont Sung International Properties Pty Ltd (while trading as ‘The Professionals Sunbury’) was fined $10,000 for engaging in misleading price advertising in relation to the sale of two properties in 2010.
Christine Parsons, a director of the company and a licensed estate agent, was fined a total of $12,000 for breaches of the Estate Agents Act 1980, including engaging in misleading price advertising.
For more information on this previous court outcome, see Du Pont Sung International Properties Pty Ltd and Christine Parsons - Court action.