Classic car dealer jailed

A CLASSIC car dealer who stole from a finance firm after his Worcestershire business ran into trouble has been jailed for two years.

Anthony Pullen ran a successful prestige dealership called Wych Marques, trading at Crown Farm, Wychbold, near Droitwich, Worcester Crown Court heard.

The 45-year-old had built up a good reputation since he started the business in 1994 but he had run into cash flow problems by 2010, Anthony Vines, prosecuting on behalf of the Worcestershire Regulatory Services, told the court.

He managed to get £13,000 credit to finance a sale but when the deal fell through, he did not repay the money. He also sold two cars, an Audi A6 for £24,500 and an Audi A5 for £19,500, but he had them on lease and could not provide the V5 registration document.

Pullen, of Stratford Gardens, Bromsgrove, pleaded guilty to theft and fraud.

Jim Dunstan, defending, said he was now bankrupt and had lost everything. He said Pullen had tried to "save face" in an industry which relied on having a good reputation but was now unlikely to work in the business again..

After he failed to get credit from the banks, he turned to "loan sharks" who threatened him. He borrowed £8,000 but with the interest they charged he soon owed them £34,000 and they would not let it go, Mr Dunstan said.

They made threats to harm his family if he did not give them a car for nothing, Mr Dunstan said.

"He is not a conman, he was trying to keep a business afloat which he should have known was doomed," he said.

Pullen, he said, was worried that if he was jailed, he would no longer be able to visit his stepson in America.

Both of the people who bought the cars had been reimbursed by insurance, the court heard.

Recorder Rachel Brand, QC, said Pullen had sold high value cars without knowing if the purchasers would get true ownership of them. She said he had got into such trouble it had "spiralled out of control" and when the finance company advanced him money which he could not repay, he simply stole it.

He was jailed for a total of eight months for fraud and 16 months for theft, making a total of 24 months.

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7:21pm Wed 6 Feb 13

really.com says...

I am not condoning this mans actions or behaviour but, prison seems a harsh punishment when he did not physically harm anyone. There is a guy named aaron reo in tonight's paper who physically attacked and scarred two people who has not gone to prison....how is this a fair justice system property are valued over people .
I am not condoning this mans actions or behaviour but, prison seems a harsh punishment when he did not physically harm anyone. There is a guy named aaron reo in tonight's paper who physically attacked and scarred two people who has not gone to prison....how is this a fair justice system property are valued over people . really.com
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9:25pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Ayahoo says...

This isnt just about property, not all harm is physical. Mr pullen put alot of people through stress, anguish, upset and torment for months on end with lies and promises - resulting in nervous breakdown of a victim who did nothing wrong but to purchase a car. He made the choice to steal money, which allowed him to take numerous holidays every year including the maldives, florida, spain, portugal. We all have difficulties in todays climate but we adjust our lifestyle, the world would go crazy if we all decided to go and steal off innocent people to fund our luxuries! I do agree with the other comment though, the justice system is unfair and that both crimes should have got a sentence. A victim.
This isnt just about property, not all harm is physical. Mr pullen put alot of people through stress, anguish, upset and torment for months on end with lies and promises - resulting in nervous breakdown of a victim who did nothing wrong but to purchase a car. He made the choice to steal money, which allowed him to take numerous holidays every year including the maldives, florida, spain, portugal. We all have difficulties in todays climate but we adjust our lifestyle, the world would go crazy if we all decided to go and steal off innocent people to fund our luxuries! I do agree with the other comment though, the justice system is unfair and that both crimes should have got a sentence. A victim. Ayahoo
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11:40pm Wed 6 Feb 13

CJH says...

What is the difference between this case, and the two estate agents reported in the WN last week? They did not receive a custodial sentence. This man did, for what appears to be very similar crimes.
What is the difference between this case, and the two estate agents reported in the WN last week? They did not receive a custodial sentence. This man did, for what appears to be very similar crimes. CJH
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4:29pm Thu 7 Feb 13

gaillewisbraznell says...

Why should he get away with it? Wrong is wrong. you cannot defend this behaviour. We all got hard times at the moment.
Why should he get away with it? Wrong is wrong. you cannot defend this behaviour. We all got hard times at the moment. gaillewisbraznell
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5:34pm Thu 7 Feb 13

CJH says...

gaillewisbraznell wrote:
Why should he get away with it? Wrong is wrong. you cannot defend this behaviour. We all got hard times at the moment.
I'm not defending him, and he should be punished. I'm questioning the difference in sentencing for similar crimes.
[quote][p][bold]gaillewisbraznell[/bold] wrote: Why should he get away with it? Wrong is wrong. you cannot defend this behaviour. We all got hard times at the moment.[/p][/quote]I'm not defending him, and he should be punished. I'm questioning the difference in sentencing for similar crimes. CJH
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10:09am Fri 8 Feb 13

cheek.com says...

Where do the reporters get their facts from? Mr Pullen didn't sent up his own business until July 2005 as Hartlebury Specialist cars, which was then liquidated and he set up at the same time Wychmarques in 2009, and while declaring himself bankrupt in January 2012 he has merely then set up another car business under his wifes name GCAJ Ltd. It takes 5 mins to obtain this information from companies house and gives a different picture to that portrayed. Another system flawed, that enables untrustworthy individuals to run up debts and keep closing companies just to start back up again immediately in a different name to release them from debts.
Where do the reporters get their facts from? Mr Pullen didn't sent up his own business until July 2005 as Hartlebury Specialist cars, which was then liquidated and he set up at the same time Wychmarques in 2009, and while declaring himself bankrupt in January 2012 he has merely then set up another car business under his wifes name GCAJ Ltd. It takes 5 mins to obtain this information from companies house and gives a different picture to that portrayed. Another system flawed, that enables untrustworthy individuals to run up debts and keep closing companies just to start back up again immediately in a different name to release them from debts. cheek.com
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10:15am Fri 8 Feb 13

Ayahoo says...

Very true. He has hardly lost everything either, he still lives in the same 5 bedroom house in Stratford Gardens and drives a mercedes! Therefore prior to the prison sentence he had no punishment or loss from his actions.
Very true. He has hardly lost everything either, he still lives in the same 5 bedroom house in Stratford Gardens and drives a mercedes! Therefore prior to the prison sentence he had no punishment or loss from his actions. Ayahoo
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