Man charged over fraudulent compliance of imports

A man has been charged following an extensive investigation into the alleged fraudulent compliance of 73 imported vehicles in Sydney.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Property Crime Squad established Strike Force Chorley to investigate the irregular compliance of a large number of new and used vehicles from Japan to Australia between 2010 and 2014.

In August 2014, strike force investigators executed a search warrant at a motor dealership on Bridge Street, Rydalmere, where they seized documents relating to vehicle compliance.

The business, a Registered Automotive Workshop (RAWs), was authorised by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD) to conduct compliance on imported motor vehicles.

It was also authorised to conduct safety checks and Unregistered Vehicle Inspections (AUVIS) by Roads and Maritime Services.

Following extensive investigations, a 43-year-old man was arrested at Burwood Police Station on July 12, 2016.

Police allege the man, who is the director of the business, falsified documents to the DIRD, that imported vehicles had been inspected by an authorised person. He was charged with seven counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception.

He has been granted bail and is due to appear at Parramatta Local Court on August 31, 2016. In addition, the business has been deregistered, and all licences and certifications have been revoked.

Property Crime Squad commander, detective superintendent Murray Chapman, says: “Our inquiries have revealed there may be other vehicles purchased by members of the community that may not meet Australian Design Rules, as required by the DIRD.

“All motorists are responsible for the safety of their own vehicle, so it is concerning that even when entrusting a specialist to assist with meeting regulations, their vehicle may not be roadworthy.

“We urge anyone with concerns about the safety of their vehicle to contact Roads and Maritime Service or the DIRD,” Chapman adds.

As investigations under Strike Force Chorley continue, anyone with information about fraudulent vehicle compliance is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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