Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council

Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council

November 03, 2009 16:04 ET

Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council: Illegal Vehicle Sellers Sentenced to Heavy Fine and Jail Time

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2009) – The Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) reports Adeolu Adebajo and Kaybee Adebayo have been convicted of 18 counts each of being unregistered motor vehicle dealers (curbsiders). OMVIC regulates Ontario registered dealers and administers consumer protection legislation.

Adebajo and Adebayo were convicted June 22, 2009 and sentenced October 26, 2009. Adebajo was sentenced to a period of 10 days in jail on each count (180 days). Adebayo received a fine of $2,000 per count for a total of $36,000. In addition, there is a victim of crime surcharge of 25% on each offence, plus court costs.

Adebajo was previously charged and convicted of curbsiding in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Adebayo did not have any previous convictions.

Curbsiders are unlicensed dealers in the business of selling cars, but who pose as private sellers. The vehicles they sell are often misrepresented, accident-damaged, odometer-tampered, stolen, or have liens against them.

"Consumers should know that more than 25% of used vehicle classifieds are posted by curbsiders," explains Brenda McIntyre, spokesperson for OMVIC. "Should you run into problems with a vehicle you buy privately there is very little recourse. Consumers are encouraged to shop through Ontario-registered dealers so their purchase is protected."

Consumers can identify Ontario-registered dealers by looking for the blue and yellow "Ontario-registered dealer" decal or by asking dealers to provide their OMVIC registration. To find a registered dealer or verify registration, contact OMVIC (www.omvic.on.ca, 1-800-943-6002) or use OMVIC's dealer locator (https://ewconsumers.omvic.on.ca/publicsearch/dealer_search.asp).

About OMVIC

OMVIC licences and regulates motor vehicle dealers in Ontario and administers the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act – a public protection statute – on behalf of the Minister of Consumer Services. OMVIC's mandate is to maintain a fair, safe and informed marketplace by ensuring registration of dealers and salespeople, regularly inspecting dealerships, maintaining a complaint line for consumers and conducting investigations. OMVIC is also responsible for administering the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund on behalf of a Board of Trustees.

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