Unlicensed motor dealer from Warwick Farm convicted of odometer tampering

A Warwick Farm man has been fined more than $15,000 after he pleaded guilty in Parramatta Local Court last week to unlicensed motor dealing and odometer tampering.

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner, Rose Webb said Charbel Azzi, 36, was convicted for seven offences under the Motor Dealers and Repairers Act 2013 (NSW).

“Mr Azzi never held a motor dealers licence but between January 2016 to June 2017 he bought and sold 29 motor vehicles,” Ms Webb said.

The court heard that on six occasions, between 6 May 2015 and 8 June 2017, Mr Azzi also changed the odometer of six vehicles to display a reduced odometer reading. He then sold them without informing car owners of this alteration.

“In one instance, Mr Azzi sold a vehicle that he purchased from an auction house which originally had a reading of 641,652km but later sold it with a reading of 230,000km,” Ms Webb said.

“This is yet another example of the action Fair Trading will take against any car dealer, or trader for that matter, who tries to deceive and take advantage of consumers.”

The court ordered Mr Azzi to pay a total of $15,500 in fines in addition to $6000 in professional costs.

Mr Azzi has the right to lodge an appeal.

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