A Malvern man has been fined $2,000 at a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, after failing to declare previous offences when applying to renew his estate agents’ licence.
In 2013, Robert Eierweis, 34, was prosecuted by the State Revenue Office of Victoria and pleaded guilty to one charge of tax evasion, as well as three other dishonesty offences. Two of these charges related to non-compliance with residence requirements, and one charge of providing false information in relation to the first home owner grant.
Mr Eierweis failed to inform the Business Licensing Authority (BLA) of the 2013 court outcome within 14 days (as required under the Estate Agents Act 1980), nor did he disclose it in his 2014 annual renewal statement.
When renewing or applying for a new estate agents’ licence, applicants must declare if they have pleaded guilty to or been convicted of certain offences; this includes dishonesty offences that carry a penalty of imprisonment of three or more months.
When the BLA found out about Mr Eierweis’s failure to declare his previous offences, it immediately cancelled his licence, as it is required to do under the relevant legislation.
Mr Eierweis was also ordered to pay $250 in costs. No conviction was recorded.
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