Fraudulent Gosport car salesman avoids jail

CONVICTED Gordon Angelo outside court
CONVICTED Gordon Angelo outside court
  • Gosport car salesman is given suspended sentence for selling vehicles with false history
  • Judge said he showed ‘little remorse’ for his actions
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A CAR salesman who showed ‘little remorse’ for his crimes has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Gordon Angelo was handed the eight-month suspended sentence yesterday when he appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court.

It is clear from the report that there isn’t a great deal of remorse on your part.

Recorder Nicholas Atkinson QC

The 45-year-old had pleaded guilty to two offences of fraud, by making a false representation in relation to four cars, earlier this month for selling vehicles with false service histories.

Angelo, who runs Part X Motors Ltd in Gosport, used the AutoTrader website and his own site to advertise the cars.

The case had been adjourned for the Probation Service to prepare a pre-sentence report.

Sentencing, Recorder Nicholas Atkinson QC said: ‘It is clear from the report that there isn’t a great deal of remorse on your part.

‘I know you pleaded guilty and I give you full credit.’

He added: ‘You have difficulty accepting the blame and distribute the blame to others.

‘There are serious offences. We cannot say you are of previous good character but I have taken into consideration the fact that you have kept out of trouble for a number of years.’

Recorder Atkinson sentenced Angelo, of Pettycot Crescent, Gosport, to 12 months but reduced the sentence to eight months for his early guilty plea.

He was also sentenced to complete 84 hours’ unpaid work and to pay £100 victim surcharge.

The court heard at the previous hearing that Angelo had sold several cars, between 2012 and 2014 with false service histories and fake service stamps.

Prosecuting Edward Elton said the sales of the cars had only been concluded after the false service history had been considered.

One car, Renault Scenic, had three fake stamps and was sold for £4,780 while another, a Ford Fusion, had false stamps put in for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

A Saab was also sold for £2,926 but the buyer got just £200 when she returned it after it had faults.

A Hampshire Trading Standards’ investigation found another customer bought a car with three stamps reported by the previous owner to be false.