Crooked car dealer complains he is being stopped from trading
A ROGUE motor dealer jailed for ripping off customers has complained to a court that he is being stopped from working – as a motor dealer.
Kevin Blaber, aged 51, who conned 10 drivers with a serious of scams, told a judge that Plymouth City Council had barred him from buying and selling cars.
Blaber, who has been ordered to pay back nearly £100,000 as the proceeds of crime, claimed his human rights were being breached.
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Blaber, representing himself, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court for a hearing to discuss how he should pay back the proceeds of his criminal trading.
Judge Paul Darlow granted him a three-week extension to pay back the £95,000 accepted by the city council.
But Blaber, of Ferndale Close, Woolwell, asked the judge for help in getting the council to "rescind" a letter sent by the city council.
He added the letter to two auction houses where he bought and sold cars stopped him from trading there.
Mr Blaber admitted he had not been given a copy by the auctioneers and had not asked the city council for the letter.
Jason Beal, for the city council, said he knew a letter had been written but said he did not know what it said.
Judge Darlow said he did not know of any power where the council could stop him trading.
But he added he did not have any authority to intervene.
Blaber was jailed for 10 months in April last year.
He covered up warning lights to conceal engine faults and used two fake dealership stamps to support false claims that cars had full service histories, a court heard.
The council originally pursued Blaber for a sum of £800,000 as the alleged profits of his rogue trading. Blaber admitted 12 counts of a 28-count indictment: two of fraud, four of forgery, four of unfair commercial practices and two of using an unauthorised trademark.
The offences, committed between 2009 and 2011, related to 10 different vehicles, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
One of the buyers told Blaber he needed a reliable car for frequent visits to his terminally-ill father in Wales, but the car blew a head gasket by the time it reached Taunton.