Fair Trading issues public warning against dishonest Slacks Creek motor parts dealer
15 November 2019
Consumers are strongly advised to avoid doing business with Slacks Creek car parts supplier Jason Paul Murray and his company, J.P. & K.M. Murray Pty Ltd (JPKM) trading as Brisbane Motor Imports.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigated a number of complaints from consumers against Mr Murray and his company after they paid for engines but did not receive them.
In April 2019, Mr Murray and JPKM pleaded guilty in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court to six charges laid by the OFT for wrongly accepting payment under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
As a result, Mr Murray was fined $30,000, his company was fined $10,000, and he was ordered to pay $61,000 in compensation to affected consumers. The magistrate hearing that case noted that Mr Murray’s conduct had been a blatant example of gross dishonesty.
In June 2019, the OFT launched a new investigation after receiving further consumer complaints of similar misconduct.
“It has become apparent to the OFT that Mr Murray has made minimal efforts to change his business practices,” Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said.
“He is continuing to engage in the same appalling conduct he was prosecuted for just months ago.
“Given this, the OFT is today warning consumers to avoid doing business with Mr Murray and JPKM.
“JPKM continues to pose a financial risk to consumers across Australia and the OFT has severe concerns about his conduct,” Mr Bauer said.
“Taking payments from consumers and not supplying those consumers with the product they have paid for is a serious offence under the ACL. Consumers have rights and if they have paid for goods then those goods must be delivered within the stated timeframe, or if no timeframe is given, within a reasonable time.”
To lodge a complaint against Mr Murray and JPKM, or to see a full list of the OFT’s public warnings, you can visit the OFT’s website at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading.