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UK's Financial Services Authority Fines Former Insurance Broker £471,846 For Misappropriating Insurance Premiums

Date 24/07/2012

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) today banned and fined a former commercial insurance broker who used clients’ insurance premiums to fund his business. Stephen Goodwin, a former partner of Goodwin Best in Bury, Lancashire, has been fined £471,846 for the failings and prohibited from working in regulated financial services.

Between 2008 and 2010 Goodwin and his (now deceased) business partner, accepted insurance premiums from clients, but sometimes paid this money into their business account rather than to the relevant insurer or intermediary to arrange the policy. In total, Goodwin and his business partner misappropriated £303,846.

The fine consists of the disgorgement of benefit of £303,846 and an additional £168,000 punitive element. The total fine, £471,846, is one of the largest ever levied on an individual for insurance fraud.

Because of the actions of Goodwin and his partner, at least three clients suffered financial loss: one tried to make a claim only to find they were uninsured and; two other clients paid the same premium twice to ensure their policies remained in force.

These clients are now in contact with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Goodwin was declared bankrupt in April 2011 in relation to debts incurred by his firm and his bankruptcy was discharged in April 2012. Goodwin Best is no longer operating.

Tracey McDermott, the FSA’s acting director of enforcement and financial crime, says:

"This is a significant fine to reflect serious failings. Goodwin knowingly diverted money intended to pay for contracts of insurance into his own business to keep it afloat. Although the diversion of premiums did not lead to the majority of clients being left uninsured, this does not detract from the seriousness of the misconduct. These are dishonest breaches; Goodwin posed a risk to consumers and the financial system more widely and now he is paying a very heavy price."

Goodwin agreed to settle at an early stage of the FSA’s investigation and therefore qualified for a 30 per cent discount. Without this discount the punitive element of the fine would have been £240,000.

Background

  1. The Final Notice.
  2. The FSA regulates the financial services industry and has four objectives under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000: maintaining market confidence; securing the appropriate degree of protection for consumers; fighting financial crime; and contributing to the protection and enhancement of the stability of the UK financial system.
  3. The FSA will be replaced by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority in 2013. The Financial Services Bill currently undergoing parliamentary scrutiny is expected to receive Royal Assent by the end of 2012.