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Monday, 1 June 2015

Salesman escapes jail after faking service histories - Car Dealer Magazine

Car Dealer Magazine reports that a salesman who sold cars with false service histories at his roadside dealership has escaped jail. Gordon Angelo, who traded as Part X Motors in Gosport, Hampshire, was told by the judge at Portsmouth Crown Court that he showed ‘little remorse’. The case is also reported in The News, the local Portsmouth newspaper, here and earlier here.

He pleaded guilty to two offences of using an instrument, six vehicle service histories, which he knew to be false with the intention of somebody accepting it as genuine under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981, and received an eight-month suspended sentence. A Renault Scenic had three fake stamps and was sold for £4,780 while another, a Ford Fusion, had false stamps put in for 2010, 2011 and 2012. A Saab sold for £2,926 but it suffered faults and when the buyer returned it she received just £200. A Hampshire Trading Standards investigation found another customer bought a car with three stamps reported by the previous owner to be false. There was no suggestion that he had sold cars in a dangerous condition.

Recorder Atkinson sentenced Angelo, of Pettycot Crescent, Gosport, to 12 months, reduced to eight months for his early guilty plea. He was also sentenced to complete 84 hours’ unpaid work and to pay £100 victim surcharge.

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