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Confiscation Order against Bristol motor dealer

A Bristol motor dealer has been ordered to pay a £50,000 Confiscation Order following an investigation by Bristol City Council's trading standards service.

Motor dealer Stephen Lacey, of Court Farm Road and whose company traded as SWL Autos, was convicted on 8 July 2011 for selling "misdescribed" vehicles. It was found he had bought accident damaged vehicles, repaired them and then sold them to buyers who were not told of the history of the vehicles. 

The Confiscation Order includes seven compensation orders to be paid to the customers who formed the prosecution case.

Robin Whittle, principal trading standards officer at the city council, said: "We will prosecute traders who flout the law. There are now obligations on motor traders to inform consumers of a vehicle’s history."

Councillor Guy Poultney, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: "We are determined to prevent traders profiting from cheating customers. Our trading standards staff have tracked down the profit made from these crimes and we are pleased that this money will be confiscated."

Lacey was sentenced to 12-months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, under the Fraud Act 2006 and six-months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, under Consumer Protection legislation, Bristol City Council said.

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