A trainee solicitor was part of a ‘professional’ car clocking ring that also included her legally trained brother and a cousin, a jury has heard.
Vehicles were bought and sold days later with thousands of pounds added to the price and up to 144,000-miles removed from the odometer reading, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
Forged MoTs and bogus service books were produced to match the false mileage, revealed prosecutor Mr Mark Jackson who added: “It involved lots of vehicles and lots of fake documents.”
Four of the plotters have already admitted their involvement in the money-spinning racket and the court was told these included 24-year-old Karmjit Sohal’s brother Inderjit Singh Sohal and a cousin called Jatinder Sandher. Mr Jackson said yesterday: “This was not some back street operation. This was an extremely sophisticated and professionally run clocking operation.”
He said it was based at two business addresses – Enzo Motors in Great Bridge Street, West Bromwich, and Netherton Motors in Halesowen Road, Netherton. A machine for reducing the mileage of certain German makes of car was found in a raid on the second of these along with fake dealer stamps from throughout the country.
Mr Jackson said: “We do not suggest that Miss Sohal was at these premises doing the car clocking but analysis of her bank account reveals the logistical support she was giving to others.”
Cash from the purchase and sale of clocked cars allegedly went through this account while it was claimed her credit card, phone and eBay account were also used in the scam.
Sohal was directly linked to the purchase and sale of two Golf cars and a Mercedes that had mileage reduced by the gang, the jury was told. A safe in the garage of the family home contained £10,000 cash belonging to her, it was said.
Mr Jackson said that Sohal was a trainee solicitor, but may have now qualified. The defendant denied any involvement in buying or selling cars, the court heard. But a laptop found under her bed at the family home in Sherlock Close, Willenhall, contained a CV which the prosecution claimed referred to her although this was denied.
Mr Jackson concluded: “There is no dispute that car clocking went on. The only thing that is not agreed is what part, if any, she played in it.”
Sohal denies two charges of conspiring with Inderjit Singh Sohal, Jatinder Sandher and Sundeep and Pardeep Shinh to sell motor vehicles with false mileage and bogus service book entries between December 2009 and February 2011. She also denies converting criminal property.
The trial continues.