Two Charged in Auto Fraud
This is going to be a real case of auto fraud. A 33-year-old Erin Mills man and a Sarnia woman are each facing 15 charges under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act after damaged cars were sold to unwary buyers.
A joint investigation Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) investigators and Halton Regional Police led to yesterday’s arrests. The OMVIC regulates the car dealer industry in Ontario.
The investigation was sparked by a complaint in late 2007 about a man who advertised a car for sale on the internet. When he met a prospective customer on Glen Erin Dr. in Mississauga, the man showed the car and indicated he had been the original owner. He provided a false Used Vehicle Information Package to the customer, which had been altered to conceal the car’s true history, police said.
The car being sold had been in a collision and “written-off” by the insurance company. The man had purchased the car from an auto-recycler.
Further investigation revealed that the man had sold vehicles in this manner some 15 times in the last nine months to buyers from across Ontario.
Andre Campbell and Sarnia resident Derby Lane are each facing 15 counts of being an unregistered car dealer. If convicted, the pair will face fines of up to $10,000 and potential jail time for auto fraud.
In Ontario, all motor vehicle dealers and salespeople must be registered under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) before engaging in the business of buying, selling or leasing vehicles. In the industry, unregistered individuals selling vehicles are known as “curbsiders” and are subject to prosecution.
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