Original article by Ben Butler, Elizabeth Redman
The Australian – Page: 17 & 21 : 23-May-18
Westpac’s loan practices continued to attract scrutiny by the banking royal commission on 22 May, in the wake of revelations regarding the bank’s handling of a case in which a blind woman had acted as a guarantor. Westpac executive Alastair Welsh told the inquiry that the bank’s employees have been known to enter false information into loan documentation. He also conceded that the procedures Westpac follows in assessing whether a guarantor is likely to gain any financial benefit are more "form than substance".
WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, FINANCIAL OMBUDSMAN SERVICE LIMITED, NEW SOUTH WALES LEGAL AID COMMISSION