A MECHANIC in West Yorkshire has been given a community order for taking customers’ money for parts but failing to deliver the products.
Leeds Crown Court heard that David Bray, 38, of TGS Motor Repairs in Huddersfield sold engines and parts through eBay, allowing customers to pay up front and then never giving them what they had ordered.
Prosecutor Jo Shepherd told the court that the eBay account was linked to Bray’s address at High Close, Linthwaite and that he got customers to pay via the BACS system instead of PayPal to prevent them getting refunds.
One customer paid £400 for a Volkswagen Golf gearbox, but despite the money leaving his account, the part never arrived. He contacted Bray, who promised to deliver, but never did, so the customer reported him to Action Fraud.
Another victim ordered a reconditioned Ford Transit engine. He paid a £200 refundable deposit, £800 for the item and £50 for delivery.
Two other customers paid £1,050 and £2,100 respectively for engines they did not receive.
When he was arrested on December 14, 2016, Bray admitted that he owed money, claiming that he was in financial difficulty and also owed £32,000 of business rates to Kirklees Council.
Bray’s representative, Tom Rushbrooke, said that he had been a mechanic for 12 years and this was the first time he’d faced a legal problem.
Bray confessed to four counts of fraud and consequently was handed a one year community order for 200 hours unpaid work. He was also instructed to pay £4,600 in compensation at a rate of £200 per month.
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