Car spares fraudster in court

For the charge of major motoring fraud a Dewsbury man received a suspended jail sentence. Ibrar Hussain ran an internet company offering car spares but would never make deliveries. Hussain owner of Universal Autosalvage Ltd. was sentenced to one year imprisonment that was suspended for two.

He also received 300 hours of community service and was requested to reimburse 11 customers after he pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to 12 counts of fraud. He was the secretary of the business while his brother Jabbar Hussain was the company director.

The court heard about Hussain’s other previous convictions of fraud and his brother Jabbar acted as the company’s director for Ibrar as it would have been illegal because of his prior conviction.

In September 2009 the fraud was exposed when West Yorkshire Trading Standard Service officers were alerted to a number of complaints lodged against the business that had been also reported to Consumer Direct a national helpline for complaints.

The complaints all were of a similar nature where the customer would order car parts online from a third party broker site and the goods never were sent to the individual. There were a total of 60 complaints lodged to the Consumer Direct about the business and additional complaints had been lodged with the West Yorkshire Police.

The company was investigated by the West Yorkshire Police and Mr. Hussain was arrested and charged with the offences under the 2006 Fraud Act. There were 25 customers that went to Small Claims Court.