A South-Western Sydney man has been fined a total of $31,762 for odometer tampering and other offences at his Sydney car dealership.
Jimmy Iskandar fronted Parramatta Local Court this week, where it was found financial gain was the unlicensed dealer's only reason for tampering with odometer readings on vehicles sold over a two-year period.
Mr Iskandar sourced his cars from licensed motor dealers, private sales and motor vehicle auctions before tampering with the odometer readings in an effort to improve their value.
Among the more serious offenses was a 2004 Mercedes-Benz E 320 sedan, which had a whopping 119,000km wiped off the odometer reading before being sold.
NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said it was fortunate for Mr Iskandar that such offences do not attract a prison sentence.
“While Mr Iskandar pleaded guilty in court, unfortunately he did not make the same admissions to his hapless clients and he stood to make a significant amount of money from his duplicity in the process,” Mr Stowe said.
“Odometer tampering is a serious offence and creates significant detriment for consumers if it is allowed to go unchecked.”
Anyone who suspects they may have been the victim of odometer tampering should contact their local police.