Ipswich car sales manager jailed for fraud ordered to repay £38,000
PUBLISHED: 09:54 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:54 05 September 2018
A car sales manager at an Ipswich garage who was jailed earlier this year for his part in a £343,000 fraud involving trade-in cars which were sold privately has been ordered by a judge to repay £38,000.
During the ten month fraud 67 part-exchange vehicles were sold and false sales invoices created to cover what was going on, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
Today (Tuesday) a proceeds of crime hearing heard that David Garrett, who was employed as a trade sales manager by Hammonds Car Sales in Ipswich had benefitted from his offending by £350,000.
Marc Brown, prosecuting, said Garrett had assets of £38,225 and Judge Martyn Levett made a confiscation order in that sum to be paid as compensation to Hammonds.
Mr Brown said that Garrett’s co-defendant, Patrick Burke, who was employed by Hammonds as a general sales manager, had benefitted from his offending by £85,000 .
However, the court heard he had no assets and Judge Levett made a nominal £1 confiscation order in his case.
Jailing Burke for 45 months and Garrett for 40 months, earlier this year Judge Levett described the fraud as “skilled and planned” and said it was sad to see two men with good jobs succumb to temptation.
The total value of the cars involved was £343,999 but the total loss to Hammonds was estimated at between £400,000-£500,000.
Concerns were first raised in 2016 and in October Burke was suspended. Garrett handed in his notice in November.
The court heard that £360,000 was paid into Garrett’s accounts between January and November 2016 and £145,000 was paid to online gambling sites. There had also been 35 transfers to Burke’s account ranging from £150 to £6,000 totalling around £85,000.
Burke had initially claimed he didn’t know about the fraud involving Hammonds and claimed that Garrett had asked him to look after money for him and he had agreed.
He had subsequently withdrawn that claim after the police saw text messages between him and Garrett.
Burke, 52, of Coombes Wood Green, Stowmarket, and Garrett, 36, of Goldfinch Drive, Attleborough, admitted fraud by abusing their positions as general sales manager and trade sales manager at Hammonds Car Sales by receiving proceeds of car sales they weren’t entitled to between January 29 last year and November 11 last year.