A man was sentenced to eight months imprisonment and ordered to pay $52,616 in fines, costs and compensation by Parramatta Local Court after being convicted of four motor dealer-related offences.
Adam Assad, from Yagoona in Sydney’s South-West, was found guilty of odometer tampering, trading as a motor dealer without a licence and dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception along with making and using false ‘log books’.
The Court heard Assad made $40,766 profit on four vehicles he sold for a total of $134,000 and was ordered to pay $35,766 compensation to three victims.
Assad wound back a combined 894,612km from the odometers of five vehicles - all of them SUVs –before advertising them for sale on various websites.
The Court heard Assad bought the vehicles, predominantly in his own name, via auctions, motor dealers and through private sales before transferring registration plates in an effort to disguise the vehicle’s history.
Assad then dressed up base model vehicles as more upmarket variants and added false service histories through copies of genuine log books he had obtained, using a fake dealer stamp.
Upon advertising the vehicles, Assad used different names, locations, accounts, mobile phone numbers and email addresses and arranged for potential customers to meet him at different locations to inspect vehicles.
Assad also used an associate to advertise and sell vehicles.
This latest conviction follows a $31,000 fine handed down to unlicensed Sydney dealer Jimmy Iskandar in September, for tampering with odometer readings over a two-year period.
The New South Wales government introduced new laws in October that included doubling the penalty for odometer tampering.