Car ‘clocking’ fraud costs duo £100,000
PUBLISHED: 12:32 29 May 2012 | UPDATED: 12:54 29 May 2012
TWO car ‘clocking’ fraudsters from Weston and Uphill have been ordered to pay almost £100,000 for illegally removing miles from car mileage displays.
Stephen Keeley of The Paddocks, Uphill, and Nathan Sutton of Park Place pleaded guilty to 19 charges of fraud last year for removing one and a half million miles collectively from vehicles they had clocked.
Clocking is the practice of fraudulently winding back vehicle odometers to make the cars appear to have travelled a shorter distance, increasing their value.
The pair were handed suspended prison sentences after an investigation by North Somerset Council’s trading standards department.
Keeley was also given a six-month curfew while Sutton was ordered to complete 250 hours of community service.
After another investigation, Keeley was ordered to pay £43,060 through a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act, as well as £26,147.50 in costs and £10,792.50 in compensation.
Sutton was ordered to pay £12,000 through a confiscation order.
North Somerset Council said the outcome of the case provided a ‘clear deterrent’ to unscrupulous traders.
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