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Car Dealer Martin Warren Sentenced To 9 Months

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Confidence Fraudster Jailed For Nine Months

A man who ran a Leicester-based car business has been jailed for dozens of offences including altering car mileages and falsifying vehicle documents.

Martin Christopher Warren, aged 43, of Henray Avenue, Eyres Monsell, sold high-value cars from a number of residential addresses across the city, after their odometers had been wound back to give the cars an appearance of having lower mileage. He often falsified service histories and MOT documents for the vehicles sold to make the mileage appear genuine.

The illegal process of winding back car odometers is known as clocking.

Warren was given a nine-month jail sentence at Leicester Crown Court on Monday, March 24, after earlier pleading guilty to 19 counts of fraud by false representation under the Fraud Act, for the clocking offences, along with seven counts of using a false instrument under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act, relating the forged documents.

A confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) showed Warren had sold cars to the value of about £88,000, and he was ordered to pay back nearly £4,000 – the full extent of his available assets – in compensation to his victims.

The court was told how the offences were committed between 2008 and 2011 and affected victims from across the UK. Leicester City Council’s trading standards service began investigating Warren following a complaint from a customer in 2011. Warren is estimated to have made a profit of about £30,000.

Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Sarah Russell, said: “There are a number of straightforward checks people can do when buying used cars to prevent themselves from falling victim to confidence fraudsters like this.

“Buyers shouldn’t be afraid to question the seller about the car, and should check the documents, service history and MoT certificate to check they add up. If people have any concerns at all they can contact the Citizens Advice consumer service, which can refer the matter to Trading Standards.

“If in doubt, don’t part with any money.”

Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or at adviceguide.org.uk