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Car importer faces jail for fraud

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 22 October 2010

CHRISTINE CUNNINGHAM

A Norfolk businessman who ran a car import business is facing a jail sentence after admitting defrauding customers of £200,000.

A Norfolk businessman who ran a car import business is facing a jail sentence after admitting defrauding customers of £200,000.

David Grace, 48, who ran Dacar Imports UK, admitted eight deception and fraud charges and asked for 10 other offences to be taken into consideration when he appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday.

After the hearing, Norfolk Trading Standards officers said they had received complaints from across

the country about the offences which involved taking orders and payments to ship vehicles from abroad and then failing to supply them.

Grace ran the company from his home at Whipps Lane, Fundenhall, Wymondham, after setting it up in 2002. According to Companies House, it was dissolved in November 2004.

Anthony Bate, prosecuting, said the amount involved in the offences totalled about £200,000.

Sentencing was adjourned until June 23 for reports but Judge Alasdair Darroch told Grace that prison was "inevitable".

Grace admitted a charge of fraudulent trading by carrying on the business Dacar Imports UK between January 2002 and December 2003 and two charges of evading liability by deception and three charges of using a false instrument with intent.

He also admitted obtaining an £11,277 money transfer by deception on January 17, 2003, when he falsely claimed he had ordered a VW Golf for Tara Laidler and would arrange for the car to be delivered to her parents' address in Ipswich on January 23, 2003.

On May 13, 2003, he dishonestly obtained a £10,839 money transfer by deception by falsely claiming he intended to supply a Peugeot car to Paul Cartwright.

David Baldry, assistant head of Norfolk County Council Trading Standards, said: "We received more than 30 complaints about this company, from innocent members of the public living in Norfolk and beyond, and have worked in close

co-operation with the police to help bring the prosecution to court.

"Given that substantial sums of money were involved, and the fact that a large number of offences were committed, I am not at all surprised by the judge's comments that a prison sentence is inevitable."


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