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Howard and Byrne Solicitors, York - Criminal Defence Specialists

Four North and West Yorkshire Brothers Sentenced in York Over £1 Million Car Scam

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6:31pm 11th December 2012

Four brothers convicted of an extensive scam in second hand car dealing after prosecution by North Yorkshire trading standards officers, were ordered to pay back almost £1million from the benefits of crime at York Crown Court today.

The brothers were made the subject of Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation orders to remove their assets. 

They were caught selling clocked cars with dramatically reduced mileage readings and were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court in November 2011, with the main offender, Paul Price, receiving 18 months imprisonment.  

The North Yorkshire Trading Standards and Planning Services investigation revealed that the gang, who purchased vehicles from local car auctions, subsequently sold them on after they had been clocked, with the mileages being dramatically reduced. In one case, a car had its mileage reduced by over 200,000 miles. Unsuspecting consumers purchased the cars after seeing them advertised on the Autotrader website. In some instances, false service histories were also supplied with the cars.

The brothers, Paul, Ian, Gary and Melvyn Price, ran businesses using multiple trading names, selling cars from their home addresses in North and West Yorkshire. They were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud between January 2008 and August 2009 in relation to over 40 clocked vehicles. One of the brothers, Paul Price, of Tingley, West Yorkshire was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice, together with a fifth male, Gareth Hunt. Paul Price was also convicted of three counts of money laundering.

The court today found that they had benefited from crime by a combined total of £1,009,658.40, and individually by the following amounts:

  • Paul Price – £455,702.60
  • Ian Price – £291,870.10
  • Gary Price – £127,688.32
  • Melvyn Price – £134,397.38

They were ordered to repay a combined total of £844,703.15 within six months and were given default sentences of 3 years, 2 years, 18 months and 2 years imprisonment respectively, should they fail to pay. Paul Price was ordered to repay £411,321.90, Ian Price £229,333.37, Gary Price £69,650.50 and Melvyn Price £134,397.38.

Over £40,300 from the monies recovered will be used to compensate all the victims in the criminal case.

The confiscation investigation was conducted by the North East Regional Assets Recovery Team at Leeds.

Cllr Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for North Yorkshire Trading Standards and Planning Services said:

“These individuals were convicted for their part in what was a serious and deliberate fraud. Many consumers lost out as a result of their actions. The Proceeds of Crime Act is an excellent tool which can be used to ensure crime does not pay and also that consumers are compensated fully for their losses.

This case demonstrates our commitment to effective partnership working with agencies such as the North East Regional Assets Recovery Unit (NE RART), to ensure offenders do not benefit from their crimes. We are very grateful to the NE RART for all the assistance they provided in this case, both during the investigation and in the confiscation case, and we look forward to working with them again in future. ” 

DCI Lisa Atkinson the North East Regional Asset Recovery Unit said:

“The North East Regional Asset Recovery Team will continue to pursue offenders such as the Price brothers that live a life of luxury as a result of crime, and at the expense of innocent members of the public”

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