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Father and son from Willenhall jailed for car-clocking scam

By David Banner | Willenhall | Crime | Published:

A father and son who sold clocked cars with forged MOT certificates and service histories have been jailed.

Inderjit Sohal and Gurdip Singh Sohal

The man behind the scam, Inderjit Sohal, and his father Gurdip Sohal, both from Willenhall, pocketed around £112,000 from selling the cars.

The mileages had been turned back by tens of thousands of miles.

The Sohals denied two charges of conspiring to defraud innocent car buyers and three charges of money laundering. But they were convicted after a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

The pair and Rupinder Singh, who had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud on the first day of the trial, appeared at Warwick Crown Court to be sentenced

Inderjit Sohal, 31, of Lichfield Road, who was on bail for an earlier car-clocking conspiracy at the time, was jailed for three years, and his 60-year-old father, of the same address, for 28 months.

Singh, 28, of Pinson Road, Willenhall, was given a 13-month sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work.

Prosecutor Mark Jackson said the three men had played various parts in conspiracies to sell clocked cars between September 2011 and late 2013.

At the time Inderjit was on bail over a previous car-clocking conspiracy with different co-defendants, for which he was jailed for three years in October 2013.

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They used various premises, two of which had been leased by Singh, including units in Smethwick, Wolverhampton and Walsall.

After buying high-mileage cars at knock-down prices, the vehicles were clocked by having the milometers turned back by tens of thousands of miles.

Forged MOT certificates and service history books were then produced to make those false readings appear genuine before the cars, insured on a trade policy taken out by Gurdip, were sold to unsuspecting buyers.

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