A Melbourne-based lawyer has been charged with aiding and abetting corporate offending following an investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Jame Stanton Lewis, 54, of Essendon, Victoria, has been charged in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
Lewis, a solicitor and partner in the law firm Lewis Holdway, was charged last month with four counts of having aided, abetted, counselled or procured the commission of offences by Stephen Lionel Moignard of managing companies while disqualified because of his insolvency.
Moignard pleaded guilty on 28 May 2008 to five charges of managing companies while disqualified because of insolvency and was fined a total of $15,000.
Moignard had entered into an insolvency arrangement under the Bankruptcy Act on 17 October 2003. He was released from the arrangement in June 2007.
The charges against Lewis relate to the management by Moignard of four companies, Secure Portfolio Management Pty Ltd, i2i Media Pty Ltd, Wine Logistics Pty Ltd and Australian Mail Solutions Pty Ltd at various times between January 2005 and March 2007.
Lewis was a director of Secure Portfolio Management Pty Ltd, i2i Media Pty Ltd and Wine Logistics Pty Ltd at the time.
The matter was adjourned until 24 February 2011. The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is prosecuting the matter. The maximum penalty for each count is one year imprisonment and/or a $5000 fine.