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Conman used internet to sell 'clocked' cars

By Steven Alexander

A fraudster who sold 'clocked' cars online and then gave a false name as he met buyers at filling stations or random houses around the north west has been sentenced.

Yesterday Kenneth Semple pleaded guilty to four charges under the Fraud Act 2006 after selling cars with faked mileage recordings.

The Limavady man also used unregistered mobile phone numbers, meaning that anyone buying a car off him wouldn't be able to get their money back.

Semple was handed a five-month prison sentence suspended for three years. He was also ordered to pay compensation amounting to £4,200 and court costs of £70 at Limavady Magistrates Court.

In December 2011, the Department of Trade's Trading Standards Service (TSS) received a complaint about a clocked VW Caddy van being offered for sale from a private house in Limavady.

Further complaints were received about a Honda Accord sold to a man with 76,000 miles. In fact, it had travelled at least 123,000 miles.

A VW Passat was sold with 65,000 miles when the true mileage was around 124,421. TSS investigations revealed that Semple had been selling vehicles online using a false name and unregistered mobile telephone numbers.

Catherine McErlean of the TSS said: "This type of case has become all too common and demonstrates the lengths some traders will go to hide the truth about the vehicles they are selling."

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