100k mileage scam
A Nottingham van dealer who wiped millions of miles off the clocks of over 100 vehicles and made more than £100,000 from doing so has had his sentencing delayed.
After pleading guilty to 10 fraud charged at a previous hearing, 50-year-old Maxwell Stuart Alvey was due to be sentenced on Friday at Nottingham Crown Court.
But sentencing was adjourned by John Milmo QC for further reports and will now take place on June 22.
Nottingham County Council said high-mileage vans were bought by Alvey at auction, and their mileage was altered between August 2009 and June 2010 in an effort to increase their value. He then sold them on to businesses, who were unaware of the scam.
Council Trading Standards officers investigated the case and estimated that Alvey, of Gedling Road in Arnold, made more than £100,000 profit in 10 months.
Jane Louise Starbrook, who was his partner at the time, was cleared of any involvement at a previous hearing.
An investigation was launched by officers from Trading Standards after they received various complaints about unusual wear and tear on vans that had a lower mileage that expected.
The vehicles were bought from Alvey's company - Premier Van Centre. Alvey originally bought them from Fleet Action Group and British Car Auctions.
He stored the vehicles at a Calverton industrial unit and sold them from Queen Ann Manor in Arnold, which he was renting from a farmer.
published: 09/05/2012 17:00:01