A distinguished Hobart property agent and actuality tv star has misplaced his property agent licence after a Justice of the Peace dominated he was not a match and correct particular person to practise within the business.
- Conor Canning was deregistered by the Property Agent’s Tribunal final 12 months after he stole a consumer database from his former employer
- He appealed in opposition to the choice within the Hobart Magistrates Court docket, however the choice was upheld
- A Justice of the Peace mentioned Mr Canning was “not an trustworthy particular person”, and and never match to practise in the true property business
Bachelor in Paradise contestant Conor Canning was deregistered by the Property Agent’s Tribunal final 12 months after he stole a consumer database from his former employer after which repeatedly lied about it in authorized paperwork.
Mr Canning is the director of three actual property places of work beneath the PRD franchise.
In his biography, he describes himself as certainly one of Hobart’s best-known brokers, writing that he left the Australian Military in 2013 “with a want to vary the face of the Hobart actual property business via arduous work, honesty, integrity, and enjoyable”.
It’s a description he has since conceded in courtroom could now not apply.
‘The golden record’
In keeping with courtroom paperwork, in November 2020 the tribunal discovered that whereas Mr Canning was at Ray White Actual Property he accessed and copied his former employer Ant Manton’s database with out permission after which exported the confidential info.
He then “misused the confidential info” by contacting the individuals on the database and offering the data to a mortgage dealer, writing: “The golden record, my man. That is extremely confidential however I belief you.”
When he was reported to the board by Mr Manton, he “supplied a false and deceptive assertion to the board investigator”, saying it was not doable to export content material from Ray White Hobart techniques, the data had been sourced from a unique system and it had now been faraway from his new employer’s system.
He went on to provide the investigator two false statutory declarations — the primary claiming he didn’t export the database or instruct one other particular person to do it, and the second stating that the data was not on techniques at Harcourt, the place he labored on the time, or beneath the management of himself or his associates.
The tribunal discovered him responsible of “unprofessional conduct” and stripped him of his licence and ordered him to pay a high quality of $30,000.
Quickly after, Mr Canning appealed in opposition to the choice within the Hobart Magistrates Court docket and was given permission to apply till a call was made.
Justice of the Peace finds ‘appreciable planning’ to achieve monetary benefit
On Wednesday, Justice of the Peace Chris Webster upheld the tribunal’s choice, concluding that Mr Canning was not an trustworthy particular person and the general public wanted to be protected against him.
“The proved and admitted allegations in opposition to the applicant had been severe and a discovering by the tribunal that the applicant was responsible of unprofessional conduct was acceptable,” he wrote.
In his choice, Justice of the Peace Webster wrote that the actions concerned “appreciable planning” and had been executed so Mr Canning might acquire a monetary benefit in his new employment, though he wrote that it appeared “any benefit obtained was minimal”.
Justice of the Peace Webster mentioned in courtroom Mr Canning conceded that his submission to the board was “filled with elaborate element, mistruths and deceptive info”.
“An aggravating characteristic of his lies to the board and its investigator was that he tried to assault the credibility of Mr Manton whose materials he had appropriated,” he wrote.
“He tried guilty Mr Manton, the sufferer, for reporting [Mr Canning’s] wrongful actions.
“Reasonably than settle for duty for his actions, he selected to assault an individual making a reputable grievance to the skilled board.”
He wrote that the actual fact these lies had been contained in statutory declarations made them extra aggravating.
‘Dishonest particular person’ shouldn’t be employed in actual property
Justice of the Peace Webster wrote that Mr Canning continued to minimise his actions in courtroom.
“It additionally appeared that quite than take full duty for his earlier actions that in his proof in courtroom he was nonetheless attempting to keep away from or minimise his duty,” he mentioned.
He additionally pointed to the actual fact Mr Canning’s character witnesses in courtroom appeared to solely pay attention to the theft and never his lies to the board and tribunal.
“I connect little credibility to character witnesses who know so little concerning the offences alleged in opposition to the particular person for whom they provide character proof,” he wrote.
In his conclusion, Justice of the Peace Webster upheld the tribunal’s choice, writing that “[Mr Canning] demonstrated by his actions … that he’s not an trustworthy particular person”.
“There are a lot of alternatives for a dishonest particular person working on this business to achieve a monetary benefit for themselves or their shoppers by making a false declaration or misrepresentation or to financially drawback others,” he wrote.
Lastly, he wrote that Mr Canning was “not a match and correct particular person to apply in the true property business” and the “want to guard the general public” required that he not take part within the business till he glad the governing physique that he could possibly be readmitted.