Jean Nassif, a prominent Sydney property developer, and his daughter Ashlyn Nassif have been charged with fraud after allegedly deceiving Westpac to secure a $150 million loan. The pair were arrested on Tuesday following a series of raids at homes and businesses across Sydney.
According to reports, the father-daughter duo used false documents and inflated property valuations to secure the loan from Westpac. The funds were then allegedly used to finance their property development projects.
The alleged fraud scheme was uncovered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), which has been investigating the Nassifs for several months. ASIC alleges that the pair engaged in “serious and deliberate” misconduct.
Jean Nassif is a well-known figure in Sydney’s property development scene, having made headlines in 2019 when he gifted his wife, a Lamborghini for her birthday. His daughter Ashlyn is a lawyer who has worked on some of her father’s property projects.
The charges against the Nassifs are severe, with each facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted. However, they have both been granted bail, with Ashlyn posting an eye-watering $2.6 million bail bond.
Westpac has declined to comment on the matter, citing ongoing legal proceedings. The bank has previously faced criticism over its lending practices, with regulators accusing it of failing to properly assess borrowers’ ability to repay loans.
The case highlights the importance of transparency and accountability in the banking sector. It also serves as a reminder that even high-profile individuals can face severe consequences if they engage in fraudulent behaviour.
As the legal proceedings continue, many will be watching closely to see how this case unfolds and its impact on Australia’s banking industry.