Rip-off car dealers proceeds of crime confiscated and returned to victims

Trading Standards win a court case against Lucien Munn (54) and Linda Atrell (51) to pay back victims who were defrauded by the duo.

 
Last updated:
7 August 2017

West Sussex Trading Standards has recovered proceeds of crime from two rogue car dealers jailed two years ago.

Officers won a court case against Lucien Munn (54) and Linda Atrell (51) to pay back victims who were defrauded by the duo.

They were both imprisoned in 2015 for advertising and selling hundreds of written off cars via Autotrader and Gumtree in a scam thought to be worth £100,000.

They were also caught falsifying service histories, and describing vehicles as “sold as seen” on invoices to avoid liability under civil legislation for the sale of faulty or misdescribed goods. 

At a Lewes Crown Court hearing held in Hove on Thursday, July 27, a Proceeds of Crime Act resulted in £67,000 being confiscated from Munn.

He was also ordered to pay £40,000 costs.

Atrell was ordered to pay £1,000.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Stronger, Safer Communities, Debbie Kennard, said: “At last victims affected by these case can receive some money back from the fraud they suffered at the hands of these two con-artists.

“Crime doesn’t pay and we are glad to see the courts reward the persistence of our Trading Standards officers by confiscating this money so consumers can benefit.”

West Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards Team Manager, Richard Sargeant, said: “We always encourage consumers to use traders from the Buy with Confidence scheme, the members of which are audited and approved by Trading Standards.

“Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of an unfair trading practice, should contact Trading Standards via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06 or online via www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport.”

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