Fahad Javaid, 31, had already been banned from walking business for 10 years after formerly being jailed for fraud at Hove Crown Court.
This time he changed into stuck after acquiring a BMW vehicle, bought with a mortgage, however in which no payments were made.
Sussex Police said: “A Peacehaven man is starting a prison sentence over a sequence of frauds netting some £60,000 after a coordinated investigation by police teams from across Sussex.
“Fahad Javaid, 31, of Foxhill, Peacehaven, seemed at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday 1 October and was sentenced to 4 years and 4 months imprisonment having pleaded guilty to fraud, money laundering, and theft, in addition to breaching a court docket-issued Serious Crime Prevention Order granted in 2013 after his conviction for previous fraud offenses.”
Detective Constable Karen Young of West Sussex Investigations said: “This became a complicated investigation protecting Javaid’s offending from 2015 via to 2019.
“He installation an employer, Express Smart Repairs, that marketed on web sites Groupon and Wowcher to perform scratch and dent maintenance to vehicles that might be achieved at customers’ home addresses.
“Payment turned into required upfront to comfy a cellular mechanic; however, no mechanic ever arrived, and no refunds have been ever obtained.
“To assist carry out this fraud, to which 39 humans from all over the UK fell victim, Javaid leased a belonging in Lewes Road, Brighton, from wherein the frauds were instigated.
“This blanketed the sale of garage boxes that some customers bought, however, that never arrived with them. No refunds have ever been obtained.
“The fraud began to come to police word while in February 2016 Javaid, who had received, via a 3rd birthday celebration, get entry to to a BMW purchased on finance, in which repayments were now not met, became stopped by using officers whilst riding the automobile, and the finance corporation repossessed the automobile.
“Detectives became suspicious once they checked and found that Javaid changed into strolling the organization while already difficulty of the Serious Crime Prevention Order and become banned from being a company director for ten years, having been sentenced to a complete of two and a half years imprisonment at Hove Crown Court on (Monday) 29 April 2013, after pleading responsible to fraudulent trading, wearing on an ancillary credit business without a consumer credit score license, 10 counts of fraud and one depend of perverting the route of justice.”