Australia: Convicted lawyer who transferred over $9m of client money to fund gambling addiction struck off

A former Atanaskovic Hartnell lawyer, who was sentenced to six years imprisonment following conviction on six counts of dishonestly obtaining an advantage, has been removed from the roll of Australian lawyers.

In January 2019, Brody Jack Clarke – who admitted in December 2007, and was formerly employed by Atanaskovic Hartnell – was convicted of offences against s192E (1)(b) of the Crimes Act in New South Wales of dishonestly obtaining an advantage.

He had previously pleaded guilty to the transfer of a cumulative total of $9,853,777 in funds from clients to his private bank account, including almost $6m from Deutsche Bank.

The other clients whom he “fraudulently transferred” money from into his own account were Directors Interest Pty Limited, WIN Corporation Pty Ltd, Aurora Funds Management Ltd, and Birketu Pty Ltd.

He was sentenced, in the NSW District Court, to an aggregate sentence of six years’ imprisonment, expiring in January 2025, with a non-parole period of three years.

He was an employee of Atanaskovic Hartnell at the time of committing the aforementioned offences.

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