Al­tered odome­ters lead to charges

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

PO­LICE have charged two men af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the re­selling of ve­hi­cles.

It is al­leged the men pur­chased ve­hi­cles from in­ter­net advertising web­sites with high kilo­me­tre read­ings and mod­i­fied the odome­ter read­ings to re­flect the ve­hi­cles had trav­elled fewer kilo­me­tres than orig­i­nally stated.

The 20 ve­hi­cles were then sold for a profit to un­sus­pect­ing buy­ers.

In July 2015, Re­gional In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at an ad­dress on McMil­lan Street in Vic­to­ria Park.

Po­lice found doc­u­men­ta­tion, ve­hi­cle ser­vice stamps and log books con­nected to the fraud­u­lent mod­i­fi­ca­tions and the selling of ve­hi­cles.

A 28-year-old man from Vic­to­ria Park has been charged with 19 counts of gain­ing ben­e­fit by fraud and one count of at­tempted gain­ing ben­e­fit by fraud.

A 27-year-old man from Vic­to­ria Park has been charged with 19 counts of gain­ing ben­e­fit by fraud and two counts of at­tempted gain­ing ben­e­fit by fraud.

They are both due to ap­pear in the Perth Mag­is­trates Court on Septem­ber 15.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, with pos­si­ble fur­ther charges in re­la­tion to a num­ber of ve­hi­cles sold in 2014.

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