Unlicensed trader sentenced to jail after fraud

Dr Roger Munro has been sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment after pleading guilty to fraud.

Munro was sentenced in the District Court of Queensland for the term, which included a non-parole period of 15 months, following an investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

ASIC found Munro had received $299,600 from three investors between March 2013-April 2014 after he invited them to invest in his TradeStation Futures Trading Fund. Rather than investing the money, he spent it on personal expenses, made cash withdrawals, made payments to other investors and transferred funds into a trading account held in his wife’s name.

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He continued to falsely represent to investors that the funds were invested by falsely reporting profit and losses made by TradeStation.

Munro pled guilty to three charges in July 2021 while two other fraud charges did not proceed.

He had previously been charged in 2015 by ASIC for carrying on a financial services business without holding an Australian financial services licence and by the Supreme Court of Queensland in February 2017 for breaching the Corporations Act and was permanently restrained from running a financial services business in Australia.  

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Just like with Melissa Caddick, there is no significant deterrent to providing unlicensed financial advice. If you do it on Tik Tok Jane Hume will even give you the green light.

You really need to commit major fraud before there are any serious repercussions. By then it's usually far too late for the investors.

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