TORONTO, May 22, 2014 /CNW/ - OMVIC, Ontario's Vehicle Sales Regulator,
successfully kept a former dealer from re-entering the industry, after
the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) heard evidence of "extensive
fraudulent behaviour" and "dishonest and deceptive behaviour".
The LAT hearing commenced after OMVIC issued a Proposal to Refuse registration to Vincenzo Joseph Sacripanti; the Merlin Ontario man had
applied to become a registered salesperson for All Cars Sales and
Leasing (2196596 Ontario Limited) of Chatham. "We had serious concerns
about this applicant" said Mary Jane South, OMVIC Deputy Registrar.
"His past conduct created serious concerns he would not carry on
business with honesty, integrity and in accordance with the law, as
required by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA)".
Evidence presented at the LAT hearing by Stephen Burnham, a former
investigator for the Bank of Nova Scotia, demonstrated in 2008
Sacripanti used non-existent vehicles and phony vehicle identification
numbers (VINs) to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans from
the bank when he was owner of VSJKJ Automotive Limited, operating as
Banks Mazda. It was determined Sacripanti used "this fraudulent scheme"
in an attempt to keep his financially-struggling dealership in
operation. In late 2008, Banks Mazda closed.
Failed to Disclose
In 2010, following the closure of his Mazda dealership, Sacripanti
applied for OMVIC registration to work as a salesperson for a Chatham
Toyota Dealership. In his registration application, Sacripanti failed
to disclose Scotiabank's collection efforts, a violation of the MVDA.
Later, Sacripanti applied for registration as a salesperson with All
Cars Sales and Leasing and again failed to disclose Scotiabank's
collection efforts of $3.5 million. At that time OMVIC became aware of
Sacripanti's past conduct and non-disclosures and issued the Proposal to Refuse registration.
A Long History
The recent LAT hearing was not Sacripanti's first brush with OMVIC.
In the late 90's Sacripanti worked as the General Manager of a
Leamington Ford dealer. In 1999 OMVIC issued a Proposal to Revoke his registration after it was shown Sacripanti was charging Ford Credit
Canada Ltd. for accessories that had not actually been installed on
vehicles the dealership leased to customers. Sacripanti was terminated
by the dealer however at that time, the Ontario Commercial Registration
Appeal Tribunal (the predecessor to LAT) ruled that Sacripanti could
keep his licence, though subject to terms and conditions.
In handing down his recent decision, LAT Vice-Chair Gregory Flude wrote
"when the Applicant had the opportunity to do so, the Applicant carried
out extensive frauds on financial institutions" and the Applicant's
assertions that OMVIC "was on a witch hunt" because of the 1999 hearing
is "ludicrous and offensive". The Tribunal then directed OMVIC to carry
out its Proposal to Refuse Sacripanti's registration. See the full tribunal decision here.
"Consumers and other businesses must be protected from individuals who
operate in such underhanded ways" stated South. "We're pleased with the
Tribunal's decision". Accordingly, Vincenzo Joseph Sacripanti is not registered and cannot legally buy or
sell vehicles in Ontario.
Information Regarding OMVIC Registration
The MVDA requires all Ontario motor vehicle dealers and salespeople be registered with OMVIC.
All registrants undergo screening including a Canada-wide criminal
background check. New applicants must also successfully complete a
course in automotive law and ethics. Consumers can check the status of
a dealer or salesperson's registration at omvic.on.ca; they can also ask to see the dealer or salesperson's OMVIC
registration certificate (licence); by law it must be carried by the
registrant and be presented to anyone asking to see it.
Important Note: Individuals or businesses operating as dealers without
registration are considered curbsiders and can be charged and
prosecuted by OMVIC. Click here or visit omvic.on.ca for a list of recent curbsider convictions.
OMVIC (Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council) 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 25,000 salespeople,
maintaining a complaint line for consumers and conducting
investigations and prosecutions of industry misconduct and illegal
sales (curbsiding). OMVIC is also responsible for administering the
Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund on behalf of its Board of
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SOURCE: Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC)
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