Former executive chairman of Healthzone found guilty of fraud

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Mr Peter David Roach, of Burradoo, NSW, has been found guilty of fraud and other related offences in the Sydney District Court, ASIC announced earlier today. Mr Roach was the former executive chairman and director of health food chain Healthzone Limited (currently under external administration).

Following an ASIC investigation, Mr Roach was charged with conspiracy to dishonestly obtain a director’s loan of $1 million from the company. The $1 million was loaned to Healthzone by CBA for on-lending to Mr Roach to buy shares in Healthzone. Instead, Mr Roach used $900,000 of those funds to settle a family-related property issue and did not purchase any shares with the money from the loan.

In addition, Mr Roach was found guilty of two charges in relation to providing false information to the ASX, announcing that he had acquired shares on 14 June 2011 when he had not done so. He was also convicted of six counts relating to the falsification of Healthzone’s records, including legal advice obtained from Healthzone’s lawyers concerning the loan.

Mr Roach will be sentenced on November 20.

The matter is being prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

Healthzone listed on the ASX in November 2006 following an initial public offering and was delisted when it was placed into external administration and receivership in November 2011. Healthzone went into liquidation in March 2012.

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