On 27 November 2018, Mrs Svetlana Hatzipetros, also known as Lana Roudenko, was sentenced in the Downing Centre Local Court, after pleading guilty to failing to disclose information to her trustee, failing to deliver property to her trustee and contravening a condition of travelling overseas imposed by her trustee.
On 5 September 2014, Mrs Hatzipetros filed for voluntary bankruptcy with unsecured debts in excess of $1,472,000.
Mrs Hatzipetros was the joint registered owner of a factory located in Nowra South, which was tenanted. A mortgage was registered against that property.
During her bankruptcy, Mrs Hatzipetros failed to provide information to her trustee in relation to her financial affairs. She also failed to deliver to her trustee a Mercedes Benz motor vehicle.
In November 2014, Mrs Hatzipetros requested permission to travel overseas. Permission was granted on the condition that she surrender her passport upon return and comply with the outstanding requests for information. Mrs Hatzipetros failed to surrender her passport on her return.
Mrs Hatzipetros has since complied with the outstanding requests. She accepted a settlement in relation her bankruptcy and was discharged from bankruptcy on 12 November 2018.
In sentencing, Magistrate Atkinson took into account that her bankruptcy had been discharged and that she had no relevant prior criminal history. The Magistrate also noted that general deterrence was a primary consideration and it was important to send a clear message to the community.
Mrs Hatzipetros was convicted on each charge and placed on a self-recognisance in the sum of $500 to be of good behaviour for 18 months.
The matter was prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions on behalf of the Australian Financial Security Authority