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Used car salesman convicted of making false claims in Auto Trader ads

A used car salesman has been convicted of fraud after admitting making false mileage claims in Auto Trader adverts.

Qais Kataria was prosecuted by Leicester City Council trading standards officials after customers complained vehicles they bought from him were faulty, reports the Leicester Mercury.

Leicester Crown Court heard Kataria, director of 50 Ltd and Trade Disposal Centre, based in Blackbird Avenue and at the Kilby Bridge site in Wigston, had lied in adverts in Auto Trader about the mileage of vehicles he was selling.

Trading standards officers found that eight were being advertised with false mileages on reviewing vehicle adverts produced by Kataria in 2013.

Some vehicles had more than 100,000 miles removed from their history.

Judge Nicholas Dean said Kataria, of London Road, Oadby, "was not to be trusted in business and posed a risk to members of the public."

Kataria admitted committing fraud when he appeared at court on Wednesday.

He was given a six month prison sentence suspended for two years, and disqualified from promoting, forming or managing a business whether directly or indirectly for seven years.

He was also ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £2,000 towards costs.

The court heard how Kataria had also been convicted in 2001, under his previous name of Sailesh Kataria, for committing a similar offence in which cars that were purchased at auction were clocked and sold by his business with forged documents.



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