A Sydney used car dealer has been convicted of one count of fraud and six counts of larceny (‘theft’), receiving a two-year suspended prison sentence in Parramatta Local Court.
The court heard Ousama Najjar - AKA Michael Najjar - of Blues Brothers Autos in Homebush accepted cars to sell on consignment from six customers, later refusing to pay the owners or paying them with dishonoured cheques.
Mr Najjar’s fraud conviction relates to a loan application through a car finance company to facilitate the purchase of a 2007 Porsche Cayenne, valued at $59,999.
The car dealer then sold the Cayenne to a Sydney couple for $50,000, before the car was repossessed by the finance company in June last year and the matter reported to NSW Fair Trading.
With combined debts acknowledged to the Motor Dealers Compensation Fund of approximately $100,000 stemming from the fraud and larceny convictions, Mr Najjar has entered into an arrangement to repay the money in instalments.
The court stated Najjar must also attend financial counselling, as part of an intensive corrections order.
“Consumers have a right to expect that when they entrust their car to a licensed motor dealer, the dealer will carry out the sale process honestly and fairly and not engage in fraudulent activity,” NSW Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, said.
“Fair Trading’s actions to bring Mr Najjar before the court send a timely reminder to unscrupulous motor dealers that they will be held to account if they seek to flout the law.”
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