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Nottingham van dealer jailed for fraud

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A van dealer has been given a four-year prison sentence after admitting wiping thousands of miles off the clocks of vehicles.

Maxwell Alvey bought the vans at auction before adjusting the mileage and then selling them to unsuspecting buyers in a fraud that lasted for around a year and made him in excess of £50,000.

The 50-year-old confessed to offences regarding 55 vans at Nottingham Crown Court but prosecutor Adrian Reynolds said that as many as 90 vehicles were actually involved and that he made roughly £1,000 profit on each one.

"The prosecution's position is that there were, in round figures, 90 vehicles that we could show were clocked," he said.

"The defendant accepts 55, rather than 90."

Alvey threatened the livelihoods of a number of people because he sold the vans to sole traders like plumbers and they had a habit of breaking down shortly afterwards, with buyers liable for repair costs on the used cars as Alvey refused to reimburse them.

Alvey was sentenced for two years for the scam and another two years for stealing £125,000 from his elderly aunt. Judge John Milmo QC said he intended to be dishonest from the moment he started the business.

"I think you are just dishonest," the judge added.

published: 10/09/2012

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