Warwickshire car dealer admits to fraud

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A Warwickshire car dealer and a mechanic he used have both pleaded guilty to fraud after an investigation and prosecution by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.

Used car dealer Connan Alexander Harvey, 28, formerly trading as Alex Harvey Specialist Cars, Priors Marston, admitted to clocking and misdescribing cars and forging documents in order to conceal the crime.

Harvey also pleaded guilty to failing to act with professional diligence, in that he failed to provide vehicles that were roadworthy, failed to respond promptly to complaints by unsatisfied customers and failed to carry out proper checks on the history of the vehicles being offered for sale (such as whether they were insurance write-offs or subject to existing finance agreements).

A mechanic he used, Amit Mistry of Timkin Way Daventry, 38, also admitted to fabricating or altering vehicle documents.

Harvey admitted to arranging for the mileage reading to be wound back on an Audi TT from 101,369 to 72,299 before it was sold.

He also admitted selling another Audi TT, knowing that the mileage was wrong.

The mileage was advertised as 79,000 but in reality was 147,464.

He described another vehicle he sold as having good tyres, a new cam belt and a 12 month MOT.

The buyer later found that none of these statements were true.

The cam belt had not been recently changed, the MOT had only two months to run and the tyres were close to their legal limit.

Warwickshire County Councillor John Horner, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “This was a very serious case whereby consumers, some of whom had saved long and hard to afford a car, were defrauded out of many thousands of pounds.

“I’m delighted that Warwickshire Trading Standards was able to take action to protect consumers.”

Sentencing is scheduled for March 2.