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Fraudulent car dealer given prison sentence after MKC investigation

A rogue car dealer in Milton Keynes who clocked up almost £190,000 in fraudulent activities has been served a suspended sentence and 200 hours of unpaid work following a successful investigation by MK Council.

Dariusz Pipcyznski, who sold cars via Facebook and Gumtree using false identities and without declaring that he was a valid trader, pleaded guilty to the offences under the Fraud Act 2006 at Aylesbury Crown Court on 23 February.

By failing to declare himself as a car trader, anybody who purchased a car from Pipcyznski wouldn’t have been aware that they would have been entitled to claim for a repair or refund under their civil rights, had the car been found to be faulty.

As well as being given a 17-month prison sentence, suspended over two years, and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, Pipcyznski will pay £33,654 in proceeds of crime and £7,000 in legal costs, following an investigation by Trading Standards Officers at Milton Keynes Council.

Sue Crawley, Trading Standards Manager at MK Council said: “Pipcyznski duped customers into thinking that they were buying their car from private seller rather than a business.

“Trading Standards seeks to protect the rights of consumers to ensure that they have the legal redress they are entitled. Hopefully this case will send a message to other traders who masquerade as private sellers that we will take robust enforcement action where necessary.”

If you want to know your civil rights in relation to a vehicle that you have purchased or any other products or services you have bought, you can contact Citizens Advice Consumer Direct on 0808 223 1133 or


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