Camillo: married couple fined for illegal car dealing

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A CAMILLO couple was fined $10,000 following a Consumer Protection investigation into an illegal car dealing operation.

Between June 2016 and December 2017, Ahmed Mohammed Yas Yas bought 56 vehicles from auctions and private sellers before going on to sell 53 of them without a licence, mostly through Gumtree.

Hi wife Zinah Abdulhasan Hussein Hussein also bought and sold 30 vehicles without a licence between May 2016 and September 2017.

In the Perth Magistrates Court on August 3, Mr Yas was fined $7000 and ordered to pay $729 in costs while Ms Hussein was fined $3000 and ordered to pay $942 in costs.

Both were granted a spent conviction order.

In May, three brothers of Mr Yas were fined $12,500 each in the Perth Magistrates Court for unlicensed motor vehicle dealing.

Consumer Protection commissioner David Hillyard said the court result had brought a major operation to an end.

“With a total of 367 vehicles being traded by the four brothers and one of their wives over a 21 month period, it is by far the most extensive illegal motor vehicle dealing investigation in the history of Consumer Protection,” Mr Hillyard said.

“The four Yas brothers and Ms Hussein flouted the licensing laws to make a profit that robbed legitimate licensed dealers of valuable business and buyers of the vehicles were denied their consumer rights.

“Closing down this major unlicensed dealing operation means that the integrity of the motor vehicle industry is upheld and the warranty rights of consumers are protected.

“We need community support to combat this issue, so I appeal to people who have information about unlicensed dealing to come forward and report their suspicions so we can take action.”