BRAMPTON, Ont. — A Brampton used truck dealership has pled guilty to fraud after rolling back the odometer readings on some 21 trucks sold within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
But Trucknews.com has learned from sources that it’s suspected up to 400 trucks sold by TrucksRUs could have been involved in the scheme.
Some of those trucks originally belonged to Kurtz Trucking. Owner Brian Kurtz told Trucknews.com that he has always signed the ownership when selling his used trucks, but didn’t fill out odometer readings. He says he has sold 300-400 trucks over 25 years this way, but now the reseller convicted of fraud is suing him for improperly filling out the ownership certificate.
Court documents, obtained by Trucknews.com, show TrucksRUs owner Balwant Singh Sekhon pled guilty to one count of fraud involving 21 trucks, having “by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means, defrauded the public including business corporations of a sum of money exceeding $5,000 by causing truck odometers to be rolled back, thereby committing an offense contrary to Section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.”
Kurtz said TrucksRUs apparently purchased used Kenworth speedometers online and replaced those in his previously owned trucks. The company was busted by a customer who then ran an ECU report on the mileage and discovered the discrepancy.
Sekhon’s sentence included nine months of house arrest, 18 months of probation and the payment of $28,000 in restitution. But that is for 21 trucks. Customers who purchased trucks from the company may want to check their ECU read-outs and align them with the odometer on the dash.
Meanwhile, TrucksRUs is suing Brian Kurtz Trucking, alleging that it improperly filled out ownership documents, which resulted in the charges. Kurtz is incredulous.
“He’s trying to get $25,000 out of me,” Kurtz said of the lawsuit. “It’s going to cost me $15,000 just to fight it. It’s ludicrous! It has never been a problem with the 300-400 trucks I’ve sold over the years.”
Trucknews.com has learned many previous buyers of used trucks from TrucksRUs were in attendance when the conviction was handed down. We’ve also learned the company has re-launched under another name, with a Web site based in Brampton. Cue the lawsuits.
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