Two car clockers have been jailed after an investigation by Leicestershire trading standards.
Zubair Ansari and Sharif Uddin, who were PHD students at Loughborough University, have been sent to prison for a total of two and half years for conspiring to carry on fraudulent business.
After trading standards received complaints from consumers who had purchased vehicles at various addresses in Loughborough and Sheffield, it was found that the men had purchased in excess of 40 vehicles from car auctions. The cars were advertised for sale in car magazines and on the internet. Investigations were carried out and at least 10 vehicles were found to have had the mileage reduced by as much as 50%. Consumers purchased the vehicles believing that the mileages were genuine and they were given forged service histories to make them believe they were getting good deals. Soon after purchase many found countless problems and faced costly repair bills, as well as the vehicle being worth much less than they had paid.
During searches of the defendants’ home addresses in the summer of 2008, Trading Standards seized false and blank manufacturers’ service history records, MOT certificates and a specialist mileage correction device.
David Bull, head of Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards Service, said : ‘This was an intensive investigation over a long period of time, we are very happy with the result and believe it sends out a strong message to anyone considering engaging in this type of activity.’