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Car dealer hit with maximum $50k fine

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/09/2016

© Getty A judge has thrown the book at an Auckland man who continued to sell vehicles despite being banned as a trader.

Brett Collins, 63, was fined the maximum $50,000 after being found guilty of selling eight vehicles after his appeal was dismissed in the High Court, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment says.

It was his sixth fine for unlawful vehicle trading, it said.

"This latest fine reflects Mr Collins' repeated and intentional flouting of the law for commercial gain; a compelling factor for the fudge to impose the maximum penalty for individuals of $50,000," said the ministry's Stephen O'Brien.

The law required traders to meet certain conditions so as to protect purchasers' rights, he said.

According Fairfax Media, in 2014 Collins was fined $30,000 for selling eight vehicles in one year, breaching the limit of six for unlicensed traders. The fine was the largest of its kind at the time.

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