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A billionaire businessman has dragged his ex-wife’s closest friends into a WhatsApp group and bombarded them with a ‘demeaning’ image of her.
Rennie De Maria, 54, who made millions through an insurance brokerage empire, pleaded guilty to circulating an intimate image of his ex-wife to some of his closest friends.
De Maria, who lives in a mansion with a private helipad and a three-hole golf course, was reprimanded for his “sheer bravery” at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.
The businessman set up a WhatsApp group called ‘Good Luck’ on May 11, 2021, which was joined by at least five friends of his ex-wife.
He then shared 34 images with the group, including an intimate photo of his ex-wife and private correspondence between them, without their consent.
In a witness impact statement read in court, his ex-wife said she was suffering from “stress, anxiety and depression, and I have a constant sense of discomfort at how I was demoted.”
During an interview with police in Mansfield, 180km northeast of Melbourne, on May 20 last year, De Maria said she was drinking heavily and taking prescription medication at the time of the incident, The Age reported.
Her lawyer, Rahmin de Kretser, urged magistrate Peter Mithen not to convict him because he could prevent her from traveling to the United States, where he has business interests.
De Kretser said that De Maria was a proud father who had raised millions for charity.
But Mithen condemned De Maria for the publication of the image and the breach of an intervention order for family violence. He was fined $1,500.
“I have a hard time reconciling the fact that he says he is a proud father of his children but he commits this crime against the mother of his daughter,” the magistrate said.
“My take on the offense is that it was pure bravery, it doesn’t take courage to do what you did.”
De Maria, who is under investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, sold his house in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak for around $9 million last year.
ASIC obtained interim orders in Federal Court in May last year against Alliance Insurance Broking Services Pty Ltd and De Maria, who was its sole director.
The orders prevented De Maria and AIBS from transferring funds from five business accounts and one personal account he owned.
It also stopped the sale of properties or assets held by De María or the company.
“In support of his application for interim orders, ASIC alleged that De Maria caused a substantial amount of customer money held by AIBS to be improperly paid into a bank account for his own personal benefit,” ASIC stated in a statement on 13 July 2021.
‘As an Australian financial services license holder dealing in financial products, AIBS is required to hold client money in trust.’
AIBS was sold for $24.5 million last August and the freezing order was lifted last month.
After selling the Toorak mansion, De Maria, who enjoys private jets, sports cars and vacations on the Italian Riviera, lives in Merrijig, near Mansfield, in a house with eight bedrooms and a library.
Daily Mail Australia attempted to contact De Maria for comment.
Rennie De Maria Quick and Facts
- Rennie De Maria, 54, pleaded guilty to circulating intimate image of former wife
- De Maria shared 34 images to a WhatsApp group he set up called ‘Good Luck’
- The multi-millionaire was rebuked by a magistrate for his ‘sheer gutlessness’