ASIC targets REST over alleged false claims to members

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2021-03-02 15:17:00

The Federal company watchdog is prosecuting retail business superannuation fund REST over allegedly illegal circumstances imposed on members eager to switch their financial savings to rival funds.

The Australian Securities and Investments Fee accuses REST of creating a collection of false or deceptive statements to members who wished to maneuver their financial savings whereas persevering with to work for employers linked to the $60 billion fund.

ASIC claims in a Federal Court docket motion that allegedly false or deceptive statements helped the business fund retain a minimum of $14.8 million from 1143 members whose stability rollover requests had been refused.

And REST allegedly gained considerably extra funds underneath administration from these members and different individuals whose bosses continued to contribute to the fund because of alleged misrepresentations about employer contributions.

The company watchdog is searching for monetary penalties and different orders in opposition to REST underneath the civil prosecution launched on Monday, specializing in alleged misrepresentations from 2014 to mid-2018.

REST stated in a press release it was upset with ASIC’s choice to launch authorized proceedings a couple of matter that the fund reported and over which it was remediating affected members.

One of many considerations raised by ASIC included the fund claiming a full-balance switch request may solely be processed after the member obtained a certificates of separation from their employer and after a termination date had been supplied.

ASIC stated the REST board ceased requiring certificates of separation on Could 2, 2018.

REST stated in its assertion that the “enterprise course of” it eliminated in Could 2018 did require “some members to supply an employment termination date or separation certificates to course of a rollover of superannuation from REST into one other fund”.

The tremendous fund stated it was contacting members who could have skilled delays within the switch of their tremendous because of the “utility of this enterprise course of” from January 2014 to Could 2018.

The watchdog stated in a press release the deceptive statements discouraged and delayed members from transferring their retirement financial savings balances to different funds.

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