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Jail sentence for Norfolk trader

A car trader who defrauded nearly £200,000 from customers has been jailed for a year.

David Grace, who ran Dacar Imports UK in Norfolk, admitted eight deception and fraud charges and asked for 10 other offences to be taken into consideration.

At a previous hearing, Norwich Crown Court had ordered him to pay back more than £24,000 of the £183,747 lost by customers or face 18 months in jail.

Luke Brown, prosecuting, said Grace had doctored paperwork to make it appear to customers as if their orders had been made and that he had paid the wholesalers, lied about refunds and issued cheques which bounced.

Grace was investigated by Norfolk Trading Standards officers after they received complaints from across the country about people placing orders for cars that failed to materialize.

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