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eBay dodgy dealer in court for clocking

An eBay motor trader has received a suspended prison sentence for selling clocked cars.

Paul McAleenan, of Carlisle, listed a Jaguar XJ6 and Mitsubishi pick-up on the internet auction site with less miles than he had bought them with.

Carlisle Crown Court heard McAleenan tried to sell the Jaguar in January 2007 showing 89,000 miles. Trading Standards found it had previously been taken in part-exchange by Mercedes-Benz of Carlisle when it showed 140,000 miles.

And the Mitsubishi, which had been sold in October 2006 with 108,000 miles, was listed by McAleenan on eBay in May 2007 with 49,000 miles.

Stephen McNally, defending, said McAleenan had only been involved in advertising and selling the two clocked vehicles.

McAleenan, who admitted six offences of offering to supply and selling vehicles with a false trade description, was given a 26 week prison term suspended for two years.

He was ordered to complete a community order with 100 hours of unpaid work, and pay £1,000 court costs.


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