AUS: ASIC bankrupts social media influencer.

News Desk

Australia's financial services regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, has successfully sought sequestration orders in the Federal Court of Australia against social media influencer Tyson Robert Scholz.

The effect of the orders is to make Scholz bankrupt.

ASIC sought the sequestrations orders after Scholz failed to pay costs ordered by the Federal Court of Australia relating to proceedings brought by ASIC in December 2021.

ASIC has applied to the Australian Financial Security Authority to have trustees appointed over the assets of Scholz.

In December 2022, the Court found Mr Scholz had contravened s911A of the Corporations Act by carrying on a financial services business between March 2020 and November 2021, without an Australian financial services licence (refer: 22-371MR).

On 13 April 2023, the Federal Court made permanent injunctions against Mr Scholz prohibiting him from carrying on a financial services business in Australia in contravention of the Corporations Act.  The Honourable Justice Downes ordered that Scholz pay the costs of the proceedings brought by ASIC (23-096MR).

On 22 June 2023, Judicial Registrar Allaway ordered those costs be assessed and fixed on a lump sum basis in the amount of AUD456,296.64.

Following Scholz’s failure to pay this amount, ASIC served a Bankruptcy Notice on 25 July 2023 on Mr Scholz and then filed a Creditor’s Petition in the Federal Court on 18 October 2023. The Petition was heard on 22 February 2024 and the Court made sequestration orders against Scholz. The effect of the orders is to make Mr Scholz bankrupt.