Charbel Khoury was a self-employed electrician from 2008 until 2012. After complaints regarding extortion tactics on pensioners, NSW Fair Trading charged Khoury with a range of offenses including false representation, misleading conduct and incorrect installations to AS 3000. Khoury plead guilty and was disqualified from holding an electrical licence until July 2015. In 2014, Fair Trading discovered Khoury was operating under another company name. He was again charged, and the disqualification extended to July 2018. 

In 2019, Khoury did not reapply for a contractor licence but applied under s 27 of the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) for a supervisor certificate in electrical work. He didn’t declare the previous suspension, details of the prior complaints or his criminal convictions. Under s 33A, a person is disqualified if convicted of an offence involving dishonesty within the last 10 years. Fair Trading refused the application so Khoury lodged a hearing with the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The Tribunal took into consideration his good behaviour since 2014 and were satisfied that he was a fit and proper person to hold the certificate.
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