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Ontario car dealer in jail for fraud facing further charges

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A used car salesperson recently jailed is now up against new charges. The Oshawa, Ontario man is serving time for fraud pertaining to a client of the dealership, but is now also facing additional charges that allege fraud against the car dealership for which he worked along with several banks. The man is facing multiple fraud charges stemming from thousands of missing funds from his place of employment, according to Durham police.

About $140,000 is unaccounted for from the car lot where the accused worked from Sept. 2014 to May 2016. In addition to time being served for criminal activity, including using company credit cards without authorization and forging company cheques, the man is now facing additional charges of fraud as well as possessing property obtained by crime, unauthorized use of credit card information and forgery. He had already been sentenced to 30 days in jail for a fraud in which a customer of the dealership ended up unknowingly paying for the financing of several vehicles in contradiction of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. He was also found guilty of an unfair business practice under the Consumer Protection Act.

At the trial of the accused, the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) was looking for jail time for the accused. The man already had a prior conviction for fraud over $5,000 for which he served 18 months under house arrest. The 39-year-old accused will certainly rely upon the counsel of a criminal defense lawyer to contest the charges.

An accused charged with fraud in Ontario  has the right to mount an aggressive defence. A lawyer could provide the needed guidance which may be useful in a lighter sentence if convicted or could result in charges being dropped altogether. A lawyer will pore over all the evidence and advice his or her client accordingly.

Source: durhamregion.com, “Oshawa car dealer jailed in December for fraud now charged with bilking dealership, banks“, Jeff Mitchell, Jan. 26, 2018

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