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Dublin salesman fined for selling previously crashed cars to customers

Compensation orders have been secured for consumers who had been provided with misleading information.

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A DUBLIN CAR salesman found guilty of selling previously crashed vehicles has been fined and ordered to pay compensation to affected consumers.

Brian Fassnidge, formerly of Motorcity, Naas Road, was sentenced in the Dublin District Court yesterday to pay €4,000 in total in fines, €10,000 in costs and €1,000 in compensation to two customers.

This is in addition to the €17,200 he has repaid to ripped-off consumers – a total of €32,200.

The sentencing comes after Fassnidge was convicted of four offences under consumer protection legislation in October 2014 in relation to the sale of two vehicles.

He was also found guilty of breaching the General Products Safety Directive relating to the sale of a dangerous product.

Isolde Goggin of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), which brought the prosecution, welcomed yesterday’s outcome in a statement.

“This has been a lengthy process but we are happy to see the award of compensation to those consumers who were affected,” she said.

Goggin added that the case shows the CCPC “will use its powers to challenge and take enforcement action against anyone who attempts to mislead consumers or put them at risk in this way”.

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