A Brynna car salesman has been imprisoned following a successful prosecution by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council for fraudulently changing the mileage on the cars he sold.
Anthony James Enoch, aged 35 of William Street, Brynna, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 in that he engaged in a commercial practice which was misleading.
Enoch was sentenced by Cardiff Crown Court on hearing evidence of how he sold vehicles with false odometer readings.
The conviction followed an investigation by Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Trading Standards Department which determined that Enoch had been advertising and selling vehicles which had their mileages “clocked” on an internet auction site.
Enoch operated the business from his home where five vehicles were investigated and it was discovered that the amount of traveling distance “lost” on the odometer was close to 400,000.
Cardiff Crown Court noted the early guilty plea and sentenced Enoch to four months imprisonment for each of the five offences to run concurrently. In addition he was sentenced to six months imprisonment for the breach of an earlier suspended sentence. In total Enoch was imprisoned for 10 months.
David Jones, Head of Protection at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said, “Hundreds of cars are being offered for sale to our residents at any given time across the County Borough and we work proactively to protect those consumers.
“We have to ensure that every vehicle that is bought by a resident is driven off of the car forecourt in a safe and roadworthy condition. This protects them, their families and other road users.
“I hope the result of this successful court case serves as a reassurance to residents and consumers and also as a message to the trade.
“Whilst we actively protect the public from fraudulent car salespeople, we also want to ensure that the businesses of genuine traders do not suffer because of their actions.
“With this in mind we continue with a robust investigation policy throughout the whole of Rhondda Cynon Taf and want the public and traders alike to be aware of our determination to eradicate this type of criminal behaviour.”