(Calgary) Dozens of victims caught in odometer roll back scam

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A Calgary man is facing charges in connection to a vehicle odometer roll back scam that defrauded more than 50 people.

The Economic Crimes Unit was notified in January by a credit card company that a number of skimmed cards were being used for fraudulent purchases in Calgary.

Police say the cards were being used to service vehicles and purchase vehicle parts and that the vehicles being serviced, were purchased at an auction house.

Investigators say that the vehicles had high kilometres but they had been rolled back between purchase from the auction house and attempting to sell them online.

“Investigation by the constables revealed that the offender was purchasing vehicles from the auction house at which time he would take those vehicles and have small repairs doe to them, maybe tune ups etc., change some parts out and take them to auto repair facilities where we believe that the odometers were rolled back. He would then list those vehicles on kijiji, Craig’s List, and the Auto Trader for sale and individuals would then come into negotiation with him to purchase those vehicles,” said S/Sgt. Kristie Verheul from the Economic Crimes Unit.

They say that in one case, approximately 208,000 kilometres were rolled back.

The suspect in the case purchased 54 vehicles over three years.

Andriy Plysiun, 28, of Calgary, faces one count of fraud over $5,000.

Police estimate the value of fraud is $300,000 and say that number is likely to increase as more victims are identified.

Original Article : http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/dozens-of-victims-caught-in-odometer-roll-back-scam-1.2031958#ixzz3Krf3Hg5L

Five men charged for allegedly winding back odometers in used cars

FIVE men accused of winding back the odometers in high-end second-hand cars which they planned to offer for sale have been ordered to appear in court in June.

Serious Crime Task Force officers arrested the men after raids on six Adelaide properties, where 23 cars — including four Mercedes, four BMWs, four Holdens, three Toyotas, a Range Rover and a Volvo — computer equipment, odometer manipulation equipment and cash were seized.

Five firearms and ammunition were also claimed by police in a joint investigation with Consumer and Business Services officers, which began in February.

A 22-year-old man, of Colonel Light Gardens, a Kingswood man, 63, a Prospect, man, 66, a Greenwith man, 66, and a Parafield Gardens man, 65, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud and participating in a criminal organisation.

Police have laid 20 charges but said the inquiry was continuing. Further charges are expected.

The men were granted police bail to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on June 27.

Police say the investigation uncovered odometer tampering offences by licensed and unlicensed used car dealers.

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Foreign Destinations For Stolen Canadian Cars

Big profits overseas for stolen luxury cars, SUVs, even family vehicles.Your car may be on a voyage to somewhere far, far away … Canada is a major auto-exporting country. Trouble is, some of the cars, trucks and SUVs headed abroad already have owners. While auto theft rates are falling, the lucrative export trade in stolen vehicles shows little sign of going down. By some estimates, 20,000 luxury cars, SUVs and even bread-and-butter family rides are ending up in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Central America every year.Vehicles stolen on the Prairies tend to be boosted by joyriders, often looking for something to use to commit other crimes. But the metropolitan areas of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal are rich hunting grounds for organized auto-theft rings that funnel stolen wheels overseas.Montreal is the principal exit port for stolen vehicles going overseas – more than 500 stolen vehicles were seized on the docks there last year – followed by Halifax and Vancouver. Some are also shipped by rail across the U.S. border, then onto ships in ports like Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Baltimore, Maryland, says Ben Jillett, a former RCMP officer who now works for the Insurance Bureau of Canada, helping recover some stolen vehicles from foreign countries.They arrive often in places you’ve never heard of before reaching their ultimate destinations. Flip through the gallery to find out what five top locations are.

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[CA] Insurance fraud mastermind sent to jail for 4 years

It's believed Manitoba Public Insurance was defrauded of more than $800,000.

A man considered the mastermind of the largest defrauding of Manitoba Public Insurance in history is going to jail.

Quincy Adurogboye, 33, ofWinnipeg, pleaded guilty and was convicted of eight counts of fraud in what police called Project Rollback in 2009.

Wednesday, a judge sentenced him to four years behind bars and ordered him to pay back $150,000 to MPI, only a portion of what he fraudulently received from the corporation.

About 40 people were arrested and charged for their involvement in an elaborate scheme to defraud the insurance company by rolling back the odometer readings of recently purchased vehicles, staging collisions inWinnipegand then reporting the vehicles as stolen.

It’s believed the scheme cost MPI more than $800,000.

“This crime is extraordinary,” said Justice Chris Martin.

Martin also sentenced Norm Beardy, 44, to an 18-month conditional sentence to be served in the community and 150 hours of community service. Beardy was ordered to pay back $8,000 to MPI, only 10 per cent of the amount he was involved in scamming.

Original Article: http://globalnews.ca/news/892250/insurance-fraud-mastermind-sent-to-jail-for-4-years/

[UK] Trainee solicitor guilty of car clocking fraud

A trainee solicitor has been found guilty of being part of a car clocking ring which generated thousands of pounds.

Karmjit Sohal, aged 24, allowed thousands of pounds in cash to pass through her bank account to trade vehicles in the racket which also involved her brother Inderjit Singh Sohal and a cousin called Jatinder Sandher.

The operation was based at Enzo Motors, inGreat Bridge Street, WestBromwich, and Netherton Motors, inHalesowen Road, Netherton.

Vehicles were bought and sold days later with thousands of pounds added to the price and up to 144,000-miles removed from the odometer reading between December 2009 and February 2011, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

Sohal had claimed she was ‘too busy studying law’ to be involved but jurors unanimously found her guilty after spending just under an hour and a half deliberating at the end of a four day trial yesterday afternoon.

The jury of nine women and three men returned guilt verdicts on two charges of conspiracy to defraud.

Judge Mark Eades asked the jury to deliver a verdict of not guilty on a third charge of converting criminal property after prosecutors offered no evidence.

Inderjit Singh Sohal and Jatinder Sandher along with two others, Sundeep and Pardeep Shinh – have already admitted their involvement in the racket.

The court previously heard police officers seized £10,000 in cash in a raid on Karmjit Sohal’s family home in Willenhall from inside a safe in the garage which also contained paperwork.

However during interview with trading standards officials she claimed she withdrew the cash over fears it could be stolen from her account if she lost her debit card .

TheKeeleUniversitygraduate had also denied knowledge of some transactions on her debit card, including a sum of £2,071 paid at an auction in Wednesbury for a W-reg Mercedes C220.

She claimed she had left her debit card ‘lying around’ her home as she was a ‘trusting person’ and did not realise it had been used in deals.

Forged MoTs and bogus service books were produced to match the false mileage, revealed prosecutor Mr Mark Jackson

The judge ordered a pre-sentence report to be compiled on Karmjit Sohal, of Sherlock Close, Willenhall.

She will reappear at Wolverhampton Crown Court with her four co-conspirators for sentence on October 28.

Original Article: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2013/09/27/trainee-solicitor-guilty-of-car-clocking-fraud/

[CA] Fraudsters using Internet to bait high-end car buyers

Online fraudsters are going upscale and targeting unsuspecting buyers of newer-model and luxury cars, the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council warned Friday.

“This represents a change in strategy by curbsiders and fraudsters,” said Terry O’Keefe, spokesman for OMVIC.  “Curbsiders, unlicensed dealers who usually pose as private sellers, used to target buyers of inexpensive economy vehicles. Now,  we’re seeing a shift towards newer and high-end vehicles such as Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, and even newer-model pick-ups, which command higher prices and higher profit margins. Unfortunately, just as curbsiders commonly misrepresent themselves, they also misrepresent the vehicles they sell, which are often insurance write-offs, accident-damaged or odometer-tampered.”

O’Keefe also said he knows of sixOntarioresidents who lost a total of about $250,000 to phoney websites claiming to selling luxury cars such as Ferraris and Corvettes.

Car buyers have to be doubly vigilant: lurking in online classifieds are not only curbsiders, but out-right fraud artists operating fictitious dealerships supposedly based in the U.S, said O’Keefe.  These two trends are converging when it comes to car-buying rip-offs, he said.

Residents of border cities, such asWindsor, need to be extra careful as they are accustomed to shopping across the border, said O’Keefe.

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Odometer fraud worries FRCA

Most secondhand imported vehicles odometers have been tampered with when compared against its irrespective declared cancellation certificate mileage.

This was revealed after a thorough investigation conducted by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) in Nadi, Lautoka and Suva

“We are clear that the odometers have been tampered with and consumers need to keep a look out,” said FRCA chief executive Jitoko Tikolevu.

“The odometer readings have been reduced significantly to encourage consumers to buy the vehicles and we found that there is a big gap from the country of origin of the vehicle compared to the readings being showed here,” he said.

He said odometer fraud is a serious threat to car buyers because they may be burdened with having to pay extra cash for the vehicle, additional insurance costs, additional maintenance costs and the vehicle safety.

“When buying vehicles consumers need to ensure they demand for a cancellation certificate from dealers to verify the readings on the odometer.”

He also confirmed that FIRCA is working closely with the Land Transport Authority in providing superior services to the public.

By Mereani Gonedua

Orignal Article: http://www.fijilive.com/news/2013/04/odometer-fraud-worries-frca/53544.Fijilive

 

City cop, 19-year-old charged after odometers allegedly altered

Winnipeg police Sgt. Richard Sierhuis in the 1969 Chevelle SS 396 he restored. He is now charged with ripping off customers of luxury vehicles he sold them and is on administrative leave from the police service.

A veteran Winnipeg police officer was allegedly running an international luxury-vehicle scam that duped several victims, including a prominent city defence lawyer, out of thousands of dollars.

Justice sources and court documents reveal extensive details of the case, which came to light last year and only became public this week. The police have released limited information other than confirming Sgt. Richard Sierhuis is facing numerous fraud-related charges.

Sierhuis, 47, once worked with the Winnipeg Police Service's professional standards unit, the department that began investigating his conduct last fall and authorized his arrest in late March.

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Ausden Clark fined £10,000 (Approximately $16,243 US Dollars)

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Following an investigation into a coach company operating as Ausden Clark Ltd, based at Dysart Way in Leicester (UK), it was revealed that maintenance records had apparently been falsified and then signed as accurate by the company director, Mr. Paul Ausden Clark. Mr. Clark was arrested with the assistance of local police officers on Tuesday the 10th of July 2012.

The VOSA led investigation centred upon examining the veracity of the information contained in the periodic maintenance inspection (PMI) records required to be kept for inspection by enforcement officers with the authority to carry out such inspections. It was found that the odometer readings recorded on the PMI sheets did not correspond with the odometer readings recorded on the tachograph records and fuel log sheets bearing the same date as that on the PMI sheet.

Mr. Paul Ausden Clark who appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday 20 September entered a plea of guilty to 10 counts of making a false instrument with intent that it be accepted as genuine, contrary to Sections 1 and 6 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act, 1981. In addition to this, he asked for 64 similar counts to be taken into consideration (making 74 in all).

The matter was heard before His Honour Judge Hammond in court number 4 and following mitigation by his counsel was sentenced to a fine of £10,000 and ordered to pay costs in the sum of £17,800. He was allowed 12 months to pay.

Heather Cruickshank, VOSA’s Operations Director said: “The falsification of these maintenance records may well have compromised the road safety of other road users in the event of a crucial component failure in relation to the brakes, steering and suspension, especially in relation to so many falsifications. VOSA is committed to detecting and prosecuting this type of offence, especially by those who are at Director level.”

Original article found at: http://www.hgvuk.com/09/24/ausden-clark-fined-10000/

Dealer made £100,000 by clocking (Approximately $ 200,000 U.S. Dollars)

A used-van dealer wound millions of miles off odometers and illegally made over £100,000 (Approximately $ 200,000U.S. Dollars)  in just 10 months, according to Trading Standards Agency (TSA) officers.

Maxwell Stuart Alvey, 50, from Gedling Road in Arnold, Notts, pleaded guilty to 10 separate charges of fraud and is now awaiting sentence at Nottingham Crown Court. His then-partner Jane Louise Starbrook was cleared of any involvement in the case at an earlier hearing.

TSA officers launched an investigation into Alvey's business after receiving several complaints regarding unusual wear and tear on vehicles with relatively low mileages. In the worst example seen by the court, Alvey took almost 300,000 miles off the odometer of a Mercedes van.

Clocking is one of the most widespread illegal practices found in the used car industry. The fraudulent practice involves using computers or mechanical tools to physically wind back the number of miles displayed on a cars odometer, allowing the dealer to sell the vehicle for a higher price than would otherwise be possible.

Buyers of used cars are reminded that careful checking of a vehicle before purchase is a vital precaution, as doing so can allow buyers to avoid cars that are likely to break down or encounter other problems after getting the car on the road.

Article found at: http://www.rac.co.uk/news-advice/motoring-news/post/2012/5/dealer-made-100000-by-clocking/