An Ontario man has been sentenced to 450 days in prison after being found guilty of odometer tampering and “curbsiding.”
CTV News is reporting that Mehran Amini of North York, Ont., received the longest sentence ever handed out in Ontario for illegal vehicle sales, according to a statement from the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC).
The statement said Amini was charged after OMVIC investigators discovered he’d purchased 30 vehicles from Western Canada, and shipped them to Ontario. Amini then rolled back the odometers on the vehicles, which were mostly late-model pick-up trucks with high mileage, investigators said.
“They are vehicles that could be near end-of-life, but they were paying huge dollars – $30 to $40,000 – for these vehicles,” OMVIC director of communications Terry O’Keefe is quoted as telling CTV Toronto. “The warranties were all cancelled.”
O’Keefe said some of the odometers had been rolled back as much as 150,000 kilometres.
Amini’s case was heard by a judge who found him guilty of violations of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act and the Consumer Protection Act, including “curbsiding” – the illegal practice of reselling vehicles without having the registered title to a car being sold.