West Berkshire Council

Rogue Trader cuts car clocks by 3 million miles!

A prolific rogue car dealer has been sentenced to 5 years and 6 months imprisonment.

Car dashboard meters and guages

Issued on: 17 July 2017

Berkshire's Public Protection Partnership has successfully completed its financial investigation into the activities of a prolific rogue car dealer.

Ali Ashagar Hajivandi (37) formerly of Cunningham House, Pump House Court, Brentford, Middlesex was involved in the sale of cars with false mileage and accompanying false documentation including service history, MOT certificates and insurance certificates over a substantial period of time.

The case was brought to the attention of the Trading Standards Service by a Wokingham resident who had purchased a vehicle from the defendant and later found out that the vehicle had been clocked.

The offending period focused on his activities between 2011 and 2014. In total almost 3 million miles had come off the clocks of the vehicles involved. The investigation was supported by the National Trading Standards, Tri-region Investigation Team.

In September 2016 Mr Hajivandi entered guilty pleas to offences of fraud, making false instruments money laundering.

On 17 November 2016 Mr Hajivandi was sentenced to 5 years and 6 months in custody by Recorder Campbell at Reading Crown Court.  However, the sentencing hearing took place in his absence as Mr Hajivandi had absconded in breach of his bail conditions.

Following the sentencing hearing proceedings were taken under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. On 16 June 2017 a confiscation order was made by HHJ Grainger in the sum of £414,176 which represents the benefit of the criminal conduct.

Mr Hajivandi was given 3 months to pay the amount or face a default sentence of a further 4 years in custody. As part of this amount awards of compensation were made to the victims.

A warrant remains outstanding for Mr Hajivandi.

Cllr Norman Jorgensen, Wokingham Borough Council, Chair of the Joint Public Protection Committee said, "Mr Hajivandi faces a stiff custodial sentence if and when he is eventually located.

The sentence and subsequent confiscation sends a clear message to anyone thinking of engaging in this type of criminal activity. We would urge anyone who has concerns about a car they have bought to come forward and let us know."

 

Email tsadvice@westberks.gov.uk or call (01635) 519930