​Cobden real estate agency to be charged with more than 1000 offences

Cobden real estate agent David Steel.

Cobden real estate agent David Steel.

THE company run by Cobden real estate​ agent David Steel is expected to be charged with more than 1000 offences.

Consumer Affairs Victoria prosecutors previously charged Realestate Property Pty Ltd with seven ​counts of ​fraud ​relating to almost $50,000. 

But on Monday a lawyer on behalf of CAV told magistrate Cynthia Toose in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court that it was expected more than 1000 charges would be laid.

The case has been adjourned for a committal mention hearing on October 5.

Realestate Property was represented in court this week by Warrnambool lawyer Kiernan Celestina who declined to comment about the case when contacted after Monday’s brief hearing. 

A company search previously revealed David Steel is listed as the company’s sole director.

The original charges allege that between May 23, 2016, and July 6 ​last year that $49,324.47 was fraudulently converted from money held as a real estate agent in a trust. 

Those transactions included 10 internet BPay payments to Ballarat’s Clarendon College, 42 internet transfers to a NAB business access card, five internet transfers to an ANZ access advantage account in the name of David Alexander Scott Steel and 14 internet BPay payments to Toyota Finance.

The court heard in March that Mr Steel was in Vietnam. His current whereabouts are unknown.