TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - An Ajax man has been sentenced to 60
days in jail for furnishing false information on a motor vehicle
salesperson application, contrary to Section 32 (1 (a) of the Motor
Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA).
Ontario law requires all motor vehicle dealers and salespersons be
registered with OMVIC (Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council). In
order to gain registration all applicants are screened and must provide
a completed application and supporting documentation including a
Canada-wide criminal background check.
Robert Small, 50, was charged after OMVIC received forged documentation
in support of his sales licence application. OMVIC's investigation
found Small had provided a falsified driver's licence (his was under
suspension) and a falsified criminal background search. At trial a
Durham Region Police officer testified Small had obtained a criminal
background report from their police service, and that the report
outlined a lengthy criminal past including convictions for fraud and
assault. However, when that report was submitted by Small to OMVIC with
his salesperson application, it was found to have been altered and much
of the criminal information removed.
Small's trial was held exparte (he did not attend) at Toronto East
Provincial Offences Court. In finding guilt Justice of the Peace John
Cottrell sentenced Small to 60 days in jail. A committal warrant was
issued for Small's arrest.
"This sentence sends an important message to dealers and salespeople,
and to consumers" stated OMVIC Director of Investigations Carey Smith.
"Retail automotive sales is a regulated industry in Ontario, and these
regulations exist to ensure a fair, safe and informed marketplace.
OMVIC has a job to ensure persons seeking registration meet the
requirements set out by law. This case demonstrates that if people want
to cheat to get a licence, there will be repercussions".
The Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) administers and
enforces the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) on behalf of the Ministry of Consumer Services. OMVIC maintains a fair and informed vehicle sales marketplace by
regulating dealers and salespersons, regularly inspecting Ontario's
8,000 dealerships and 24,000 salespeople, maintaining a complaint line
for consumers and conducting investigations and prosecutions. OMVIC is
also responsible for administering the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund on behalf of its Board of Trustees.
SOURCE: Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council - OMVIC
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