Mansfield car dealer jailed for ‘clocking’ cars

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A car dealer from Mansfield has been jailed or two years after ‘clocking’ cars he sold to unsuspecting customers.

Daniel Moran (23) sold vehicles that had been ‘round the clock’ so had each done in excess of 100,000 miles bringing their roadworthiness into question.

One car – a white Audi A3 – was in such a poor state its brakes failed soon after the customer bought the car.

Moran, who used the trade name Regional Motors Ltd and other bogus first names such as Alex and Thomas to greet customers, substantially clocked the mileage of a number of vehicles and provided forged MOT and service schedule papers on some occasions.

Moran, of Lansdowne Avenue, Mansfield, had previously admitted ten counts of fraud under the Fraud Act 2006, and ten counts of using a false instrument, contrary to section three of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981, before sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court. He was also ordered to pay £20,000 from his proceeds of crime, as compensation to victims.

Nicola Schofield, for trading standards at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We welcome this outcome. Moran admitted 20 different charges reflecting the fact he was involved in the organised manipulation of car odometers and the use of forged documents to sell second hand cars on a commercial scale.

“Cars were bought by Moran with very high mileage and clocked down a lot allowing him to make considerable profit.

“Some of the vehicles were in poor condition, subsequently putting the customers at potential risk.

“We hope this sentence again highlights that Nottinghamshire County Council’s trading standards will always investigate cases to uncover unscrupulous practices such as this and to help protect the public from falling victim to such crime.”