Imran Raja, 38, of Langley Drive, Crawley, and Arran Khan, 28, of West Way, Three Bridges, had been sentenced at Hove Crown Court the day gone by to a few years and six months, and to 3 years and ten months, respectively, for conspiracy to defraud.
Police say that Raja and Khan each had their vehicle trading or car repair companies in Crawley, through which they channelled their illegal activities.
Detective Constable Nick Tinley of the pressure’s Serious Organised Crime Unit stated; “The defendants bought badly broken and written off automobiles, especially the top of the range BMWs, repaired them, often with stolen elements, after which sold them on. The sales were fraudulent due to the fact the consumers have been deceived as to the authentic preceding records of the automobiles.
“Most of the automobiles that they repaired have been deemed via the insurance industry to be beyond restore. They must have their bodyshell crushed and should now not cross lower back on the road. The defendants took benefit of then-existing procedural loopholes in the insurance and salvage enterprise techniques, and the approaches of VOSA and the DVLA to place a number of those automobiles back on the road.
“It is truthful to say that some of those loopholes have seen that been addressed and strategies tightened because our investigation – we made the arrests in 2015.
“Several vehicles had been purchased for export the use of an account registered in Belgium. These vehicles, however, did not depart the United Kingdom; rather they had been obtained by way of the defendants and repaired in Crawley.
“By restoring broken automobiles the use of stolen components, altering the mileage or by using generating replicas of constrained versions the usage of stolen elements, the defendants conspired to defraud the customers and make a more profit from their operations.
“The defendants produced some of the replicas of the confined edition BMW 1M model. Only four 1Ms were stolen in the UK, and the defendants were determined to have dealt with parts from 3 of them.
“Our enquiries centred on Arran Khan’s eBay-primarily based commercial enterprise ‘Affordable Performance’ and Imran Raja’s employer, Customize Bodyworkz in Three Bridges, Crawley, and any other location also in Three Bridges which became not the situation of any convictions.
In sentencing the pair, Judge Christine Henson assessed the loss to sufferers in appreciate of seven vehicles which formed the premise of the prosecution proof, at between £90,000 and £100,000.
Judge Henson stated; “both had the very best level of culpability in the fraud, which worried extensive planning over a sustained period.
“I bear in mind it to be a real anxious aspect that the defendants were organized to perform beauty upkeep as a right of the safety of the victims or different avenue customers. If a structurally compromised car have been concerned in a collision, the effects might have been fatal.”
She additionally disqualified both guys from being organisation administrators for seven years, describing them as undeserving for the position.
Nick Tinley stated: “Members of the public inside the market for a 2nd hand vehicle are advised to perform diligent checks earlier than creating a buy. This case has proven that there are dishonest people available who’re able to making wrecked motors look ‘showroom’ once more, at the same time as conducting simplest superficial maintenance”.
Khalid Khan, 54, of Martyrs Avenue, Crawley; Jose Teixeira, 38, of Ramsey Close, Horley; and Ian McMurray, 49, of Pelling Way, Broadbridge Heath, Horsham, were all located now not responsible of conspiracy to defraud, and Scott Bolger, forty five, of Chadwick Close, Horley, turned into located not responsible of perverting the path of justice.