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Court case sees dealer ordered to repay £90,000

A Plymouth motor dealer who ripped off customers has been ordered by a court to pay back £95,000 as the proceeds of his crime.

Kevin Blaber, who conned 10 drivers with a series of cynical scams, was jailed for 10 months in April last year and has now been told to repay the money within three months or return to jail for two years.

He covered up warning lights to conceal engine faults and used two fake dealership stamps to support false claims that cars had full service histories, a court heard.

Blaber, of Woolwell, attended Plymouth Crown Court to face confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Plymouth City Council, which prosecuted the case, agreed to accept a payment of £95,000.

Judge John Neligan ordered him to pay the money within three months or face two years in prison in default.

Blaber had admitted 12 counts of a 28-count indictment: two of fraud, four of forgery, four of unfair commercial practices and two of using an unauthorised trademark.

The offences, committed in 2009 and 2011 but mostly in 2010, related to 10 different vehicles, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

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