Media release: Victorian Engineer (Fensome) pleads guilty to disposal of property after bankruptcy and altering documents

Mr Antony Sean Fensome, a 48 year old engineer from Mount Martha, was sentenced on 7 September 2017 after pleading guilty to disposing of property after bankruptcy, altering records, and leaving Australia without written permission from his trustee.

Mr Fensome filed for voluntary bankruptcy on 11 September 2012 with debts in excess of $83,000. At the time, Mr Fensome jointly owned a property in the United Kingdom which he sold during his bankruptcy period for £225,000.

Following the sale, Mr Fensome provided false information to his trustee about the amount he received, including a false bank account statement and settlement statement, showing he received only £195,000 from the sale. He has since commenced making repayments to his trustee for this amount.

During a voluntary interview with AFSA Investigators, Mr Fensome made admissions that he had provided false information about the amount of surplus proceeds from the sale and that he had produced the false documents to reduce the amount he would have to pay to his trustee.

Mr Fensome also travelled overseas on six occasions during his bankruptcy, without written permission from his trustee.

Magistrate Lethbridge at Dromana Magistrates Court sentenced Mr Fensome to a 15 month Community Correction Order (CCO) and 150 hours of community service.

In sentencing, His Honour noted that the offences were extremely serious and, if not for the defendant’s early guilty plea, personal circumstances and repayment schedule, he would have faced a period of imprisonment.

The matter was prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions on behalf of the Australian Financial Security Authority.