A fraudulent car clocker who scammed innocent Milton Keynes motorists out of almost £79,000 has been ordered to pay each of his victims back in full.
The rogue trader, pleaded guilty to fraud at Amersham Crown Court in September 2021, and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and required to do 240 hours of unpaid work.
The traders illegal clocking campaign saw 650,000 miles wiped from a total of ten vehicles which were falsely sold to unknowing buyers.
Following the persistence of Trading Standards Officers at MK Council, a confiscation hearing has taken place to determine that the fraudster has the available funds to pay back all ten of their victims ordered to cover the Council’s costs.
This is a huge figure totalling almost £80,000 along with Council costs of £18,000.
Cllr Paul Trendall, MK Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Licensing and Regulatory Services said: “When unscrupulous traders sell cars with false mileages, they’re putting customers’ safety at risk and causing unexpected repair bills for the consumer.
“Their intentions are to deceive and defraud customers and such rogue car traders tarnish the reputation of the honest used car dealer. I’d like to thank the Council colleagues involved in this case for their persistence.”
If you are buying a second-hand car you can check the mileage history of a vehicle online HERE.
If you have any concerns about a vehicle you have purchased, you should contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0345 4040506.
MKFM has contacted MK Council to receive the name of the trader.