As we’ve blogging for some time, now disgraced Wollongong based former Century 21 real estate agent Hakan Kutup has pleaded guilty to fraud, forgery and misappropriation offences at the Wollongong Local Court recently.
Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported: Click here that Hakan began inventing sales in late 2017 however the slippery slope caught up with him when arrested in late 2019 after he could no longer shuffle the deck chairs and lenders and others began to investigate.
Unfortunately the maximum penalty of imprisonment is just 2 years and Hakan’s guilty plea will no doubt result in a discount, however we think it is a safe bet that Hakan’s (who is also bankrupt) will not be administering a trust account any time soon.
Sentencing of Hakan Kutup is expected sometime around June 2020.
Relatives of Hakan Kutup continue to conduct business in the Illawarra including:
Jeyda Kutup, daughter and former property manager for Hakan’s business – was recently working in a motor dealers finance office at Wollongong City Motors, no doubt handling the sensitive financial information of borrowers? Jeyda entered loan guarantees to purchase her father’s former rent roll from its receivers just before the ATO stepped in to liquidate Hakan’s former business. In true Kutup family form, Jeyda now denies her indebtedness … the matter continues before the NSW Supreme Court, Possession List.
Eren Kutup, nephew and former property manager for Hakan – is self employed at the newly incorporated EK Capital … apparently the re-birth (sometimes referred to as Phoenix-ing?) of EK Property Group Pty Ltd which was placed in receivership some time ago. EK Capital claims to provide property and financial advice, again this would no doubt involve the borrower exposing sensitive financial information to members of the Kutup family and others? EK Capital is an authorised representative of Purple Circle Financial Services, ACL 486112. Eren is a defendant also in the NSW Supreme Court, Possession List matter.
Eren’s father is Allan Kutup. Allan was a director of EK Property Group. Allan and Hakan are brothers. Allan, to the best of our knowledge is a licensed real estate agent and may have worked in Hakan’s business prior to its liquidation. Allan is recorded as working at EK Capital.
DC Partners has been assisting the victim of a crime for some months.
As reported, on 6 September 2019, Hakan KUTUP (“Hakan“) attended Lake Illawarra Police Station. Hakan participated in an interview and was charged with:
- 12 x Fraud,
- 12 x Forgery,
- 3 x Fraudulent conversion of money.
Hakan was granted strict conditional bail and will appear at Wollongong Local Court on 5 November 2019.
For other victims
DC Partners wishes to encourage anyone who has been a victim of a crime to report these immediately to NSW Police. Specifically locals in the Illawarra should contact Lake Illawarra Police and detectives at 6 Pioneer Drive, Oak Flats 2529.
But, in addition, DC Partners are separately keen to hear from anyone who may have had past dealings with:
- Hakan during his time with ParkTrent Properties (aka Rotten Ron Cross),
- Century 21,
- Century 21 Ultimate Real Estate or elsewhere.
The previous dealings could be involving persons who have:
- not had rental bond’s deposited correctly,
- had suspicious charges added that they were not expecting,
- made previous complaints to NSW Fairtrading,
- received late rental payments,
- received no rental payments,
- not received rental bonds back at the end of a tenancy or otherwise.
No amount too big or too small.
Hakan’s family in property
Similarly, anyone with any similar experiences when dealing with relatives of Hakan KUTUP may also be of interest? Other relatives of Hakan Kutup seemingly involved in property include:
DCP Litigation acknowledges the glacial speed NSW Fairtrading seems to work at? We are considering helping a number of victims to pursue claims. This may involve a class action against NSW Fairtrading. We are also helping clients claim against the government’s Fidelity Fund or via the court’s.
In this regard, we are considering a class action for victims of Hakan Kutup perhaps against NSW Fairtrading?
Please complete the contact form to register an interest in joining the class action. A class action requires a minimum of 7 claimants with the same loss against a common defendant.
Craig Matthew Adams (“Craig”), who lists his occupation as “investor”, is a former company director.
Craig came to DCPLH’s attention related to several insolvent companies liquidated in mid to late 2018. The group of companies includes:
- Golden Arrow International Pty Ltd
- Bargo Developments Pty Ltd
- Mikara Developments Pty Ltd
- Mikara Investments Pty Ltd
- Greenviews Castle Hill Pty Ltd
Craig is personally bankrupt. A copy of the sequestration order is viewable here.
Craig was personally liable for a debt of $4m (plus interest) from Mohan Kumar. DCPLH is the assignee of Mohan Kumar for the fruit of that debt. DCPLH is also the assignee of Reliance Leasing for a small debt owed by Craig and Bargo at the time of Craig’s bankruptcy.
Craig was made bankrupt on 13 December 2018 by a debt owed to Australasian Property Group Pte Ltd (“Australasian”). Craig trustee in bankruptcy is Andy Scott of PWC.
Presently, Craig’s debt to Australasian is $2,059,753.46 (as at 31 May 2019). Australasian are yet to recover the alleged debt (as at 31 May 2019) according to published documents.
Craig’s creditor’s report is available for inspection here.
Hakan Kutup (“Hakan”) is the former proprietor of HKJS Holdings Pty Ltd (in liquidation).
HKJS previously trading as Century 21 Ultimate Real Estate in Wollongong.
Hakan now appears to work for another ‘entity’ named Ultimate Real Estate (despite the below).
His profile suggests he is involved in “residential sales” and the provision of ‘advice’?
Hakan may or may not be well positioned to provide ‘advice’?
On 2 April 2019, Hakan was declared bankrupt.
A copy of Hakan’s sequestration order is available here.
According to the sequestration order, Hakan’s trustee in bankruptcy is Bruce Gleeson.
We have been engaged to recover money from Hakan’s estate in bankruptcy.
It is now believed that Hakan is an unlicensed real estate agent (if a certified real estate agent at all?).
Hakan is listed as having an expired real estate practising certificate*.
Anyone thinking of engaging Hakan in any real estate matter should consider reviewing the official licensing website to check whether Hakan holds a current licence at the time of any transaction contemplated?
Source: https://www.onegov.nsw.gov.au/publicregister/#/publicregister/result (search dated 2 June 2019).
Since our last blog post, this matter has moved along somewhat.
HKJS Holdings Pty Ltd (in liquidation) (“HKJS”).
HKJS formerly traded as Century 21 Ultimate (Wollongong).
Its director at the time was: Hakan Kutup (see separate page).
In or about mid 2018, Century 21 removed HKJS of their C21 franchise. HKJS’s creditor’s report suggests it owed Century 21 $85,362 in total – perhaps unpaid franchise fees?
The same report suggests HKJS owed the ATO a further $187,590.
In or about 2 April 2019 Hakan was declared bankrupt and a sequestration order issued over his estate. A copy of the sequestration order may be viewed clicking this link. It is unknown whether Hakan presently holds a current real estate practising certificate (as at time of writing – 2 June 2019)? According to his real estate profile – Hakan is a real estate agent engaged in residential sales.
Anyone who’d like to discuss Hakan or HKJS can call us anytime on 1300-327123.
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