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Devon car dealer accused of conning customers set to face jury

December 4, 2017 7:06 PM
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Devon car dealer accused of conning customers set to face jury

A Devon car dealer accused of conning customers is set to face a judge and jury.

Steven Courage, aged 47, faced a court charged with lying about mechanical problems on cars and vans and the mileage on one, reports the Plymouth Herald.

He also allegedly failed to transfer the proceeds of vehicle sales to vendors, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Courage, of Colebrook Road, St Budeaux, pleaded not guilty to seven counts of fraud by abuse of position, false representation and failure to disclose information.

He also denied using an edited duplicate invoice as a false instrument.

Courage is accused of lying to a customer about repairs to the coolant system of a Vauxhall Signum.

He allegedly held on to the £7,000 sale proceeds from a Dodge Pickup and its trailer.

Courage is also said to have failed to pass on the money from the sale of a Renault Master van.

The defendant is also charged with failing to declare that a Vauxhall Zafira had been returned by a previous customer because of mechanical problems.

Courage is finally accused of lying by claiming that the mileage of a Renault Scenic was 79,000 miles, when in fact it was more than 120,000 miles.

Judge Ian Lawrie set down a trial lasting more than a week on April 10 next year.

Source: devonlive.com

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