ANZ financial adviser Scott Hines jailed over $363,500 for theft from mother caring for disabled daughter in Mildura, Victoria

Later that year, Hines withdrew another $230,000 from her account and loaned it to another customer, charging about $37,000 in interest.

In 2012, he was fired by ANZ for serious misconduct following an unrelated complaint from a customer. But he continued to cheat on the mother of four and used her money to settle the other case.

He told the victim not to tell anyone at ANZ

By April of that year, he took full control of her bank accounts and transferred her to his own financial planning company, telling her not to tell anyone at ANZ about this.

He used her debit card at Bunnings in Mildura, set up a trading account under the Ministry of Defense name and spent over $10,000.

Hines also used his victim’s money to pay his council fees, utility bills, buy from stores, and stole from her Centrelink pension.

Last year, he pleaded guilty to three charges of gaining financial advantage through deception after stealing a total of $363,581 between 2011 and 2018.

His victim said she felt emotionally vulnerable due to the fraud and that she still owed more than $350,000.

Dismissed from Australian Air Force Cadets

Judge Trevor Wraight said Hines’ offense was serious, as he had controlled and manipulated his victim’s finances to the point where her money became his.

“You have taken advantage of a vulnerable person,” he told the court.

“She trusted you to take care of the finances so she could focus on caring for her disabled daughter.”

Hines volunteered for the Australian Air Force cadets for ten years and was elevated to commander before being demoted and discharged last year.

He has been working as a landscape architect since 2018 and has alcohol and gambling problems.

He is eligible for parole after serving two years of his three-year, five-month sentence.