York Motor Trader Fined £25,205 After "Clocking" Vans.
9:08am 17th June 2013
Following a successful confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act at York Crown Court, Albert Andrew Buck, 42, of Stephenson Close, Huntington, York, was ordered to repay £25,205, say officers.
North Yorkshire Police say that the court found that Buck had benefitted from his crimes to the value of £43,162.50 and, based on his realisable assets, ordered him to repay £25,205.
They add that £9,705 of this will be shared between five customers who bought vehicles from him. The sixth customer has already been repaid by Buck.
Following an investigation by York Trading Standards, on 1 November 2011, Buck pleaded guilty to six charges of fraud by false representation in relation to reducing the mileage of six vehicles which he then sold to customers on the basis of the false mileage, say police.
They add that the vehicles included five Volkswagen Transporter vans and a Volkswagen panel van.
Police say that each victim who purchased the clocked vehicles will receive compensation amounts of between £670 and £2605.
The confiscation order was applied for by North Yorkshire Police's Financial Investigation Unit and successfully granted at York Crown Court on Thursday 13 June 2013.
If Buck fails to pay the amount within six months, say police he will be sent to prison for 14 months and will still have to repay the money.
Detective Sergeant Dave Edwards of North Yorkshire Police's Financial Investigation Unit, said: "It's very satisfying that the victims in this case will be compensated after being duped by Buck.
"The case sends a strong message to anyone contemplating such a scam, that both the police and trading standards officers have the power and expertise to uncover and unravel financial wrongdoing.
"The Proceeds of Crime Act gives us the power to hit criminals were it hurts and, in this case, compensate the unwitting victims of such criminality."
Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross, City of York Council's Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, added:
"We welcome the verdict that ensures Mr Buck is no longer in profit from his crimes. He ripped off small business people in tough economic times which is totally unacceptable. Thanks to reports from and the co-operation of members of the public, the council and North Yorkshire Police were able to bring him to justice and those who lost out due to his unscrupulous actions have been ordered compensation.
"The council has dedicated financial investigators like Rachel Welch who uncovered Mr Buck's criminality, and are committed to recovering proceeds of crime. These officers will use their powers whenever possible. Working with the police and other partners, we want the City of York to be a place where crime simply does not pay."
The victims who purchased the vans were from Huddersfield, Whitby, Northampton, Ripon and Sheffield.
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