Motor dealer faces �250k fraud charges

A MOTOR dealer is due in court tomorrow accused of being involved in a fraud valued at more than �250,000.

Colin Adwent

A MOTOR dealer is due in court tomorrow accused of being involved in a fraud valued at more than �250,000.

Darren Palmer, of Knight Road, Rendlesham, is facing six charges relating to the alleged sale of three top-of-the range vehicles.

The vehicles are said to have been sold to prospective buyers over the internet.

A Ferrari 599, believed to be worth in excess of �100,000, is alleged to have been offered for sale on three occasions.

A Bentley GT, also believed to be worth more than �100,000, is alleged to have been sold twice, while a Range Rover, valued at �35,000 is also involved in two of the charges.

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A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said Palmer was charged last Wednesday after attending Ipswich police station.

The 41-year-old was originally arrested on April 28 last year.

Palmer is due to appear before South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich tomorrow for the first hearing of his case.

The Suffolk Constabulary spokeswoman said the wording of all six charges allege that Palmer committed fraud by dishonestly making a false representation, namely that he was the owner of the vehicles and lawfully entitled to sell them intending to make a gain. That gain was said to be a sum of money for himself or another contrary to Sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.

The first charge relates to the Bentley GT and Ferrari 599 and is said to have taken place between March 14 and March 16 last year.

The second allegation relates to March 22, 2009, and is said to involve the Range Rover.

The third accusation also involves the Range Rover and is alleged to have taken place between March 27 and April 3 last year.

Count four alleges fraud by false representation of the Ferrari 599 between April 15 and April 18, 2009.

The fifth charge is said to also involve the Ferrari and is alleged to have taken place between February 24 and February 26 last year.

The final allegation relates to the Bentley and claims an offence took place on March 6, 2009.