Criminal Charges in Mileage Adjustment Investigation Filed
The OFT has filed charges against an individual in connection with an investigation into suspected unlawful mileage adjustment.
Colin Michael Ogle will appear at Swindon Magistrates Court on 16 January 2012 in relation to a number of alleged offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Fraud Act 2006. The proceedings are in their early stages and no assumption should be made that the individual is guilty of any offence.
The OFT has carried out its investigation with the assistance of Wiltshire Police, Trading Standards South West Region Enforcement Team and the South West Scambusters.
The OFT published its market study into second hand cars in March 2010, which estimated the potential loss to consumers of illegal car clocking to be up to £580m per year. The market study set out the OFT’s belief that legitimate instances of mileage correction appear to be rare, and were unlikely to be sufficient to keep in business the 50-plus traders openly offering ‘mileage correction services’ throughout the UK.
The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 prohibits commercial practices that amount to misleading acts or omissions. Engaging in prohibited practices is a criminal offence punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.
Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 makes it an offence to dishonestly make a false representation with the intention of making a gain or causing another to suffer a loss or risk of loss. The offence is punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.