Ipswich: ‘Deeply dishonest man’ receives suspended sentence for £7,500 fraud
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An Ipswich man who sold a car which had been “clocked” to an unsuspecting buyer has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Hemen Adalat advertised the BMW 3 series car in Auto Trader and claimed its mileage was 42,000 when in fact it had done 142,000 miles, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
The car was purchased for £7,500 by a man who travelled to Ipswich to meet Adalat and paid him £3,000 cash, said Alison Lambert, prosecuting.
Adalat asked for the balance of £4,500 to be paid using a card machine at a shop he said he co-owned.
Adalat had then taken the money out of the till in stages, said Miss Lambert.
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The purchaser of the car had subsequently sold the vehicle and its true mileage was discovered when the new owner did a check. When the man who originally bought the car from Adalat tried to get in touch with him Adalat had not returned his calls and he was left £2,000 out of pocket.
Adalat had used the money he received from the sale of the car to purchase another BMW.
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Adalat, 29, of Star Lane, Ipswich denied two offences of fraud by false representation and three offences of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property but was found guilty buy a jury after a four day trial in April. The offences took place between December 2011 and june 2013.
Sentence was adjourned until yesterday (Wed) when Adalat was given a three month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work in the community.
Sentencing him Judge John Devaux told Adalat: “You are a deeply dishonest man.”
Paul Donegan for Adalat said his client accepted the jury’s verdicts although he didn’t understand why he was convicted.
He said Adalat was a family man and worked full time in a shop.