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Poole prosecuted for porkies

21 June 2017

A Somerset man was fined $3,000 by the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday (20 June 2017) after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for falsely representing a vehicle’s mileage.

Paul Andrew Poole was found guilty on one count of making false representations about mileage.

The court heard Mr Poole, who has never held a motor dealer licence, bought a vehicle with an odometer reading of 478,944km. Just over a month later, he sold the same vehicle via auction with an odometer reading of 283,582km.

In sentencing, the Court reinforced the seriousness of the offence, stating consumers should be treated fairly and honestly, and that Mr Poole had a legal duty and obligation not to falsely represent the mileage.

Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said odometer readings assisted consumers in determining a vehicle’s value.

“Falsely representing the mileage of a vehicle affects consumers in a number of ways, including the resale value of the vehicle and increasing servicing costs,” Mr Bauer said.

“Consumers have the right to know a vehicle’s real history when making a purchasing decisions, and the OFT will continue to work with the motor industry and auction houses to identify, investigate and prosecute those who commit these types of offences.”

Legitimate motor dealers and consumers are encouraged to report unlawful practices in the motor industry by making a complaint at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

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21 June 2017
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