Curber ordered to pay $14,800 to consumers

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A former Edmonton used car dealer was convicted on two counts of fraud and ordered to pay $14,800 in restitution to his victims.

Dennis Feldman collected deposits then failed to deliver the vehicles as promised or return the money. The Jan. 12, 2017 fraud convictions stem from an ongoing AMVIC and Edmonton Police Service investigation.

In addition, Feldman was selling the vehicles despite a court order prohibiting him from doing so. He was fined $2,000 on Dec. 2, 2016 for breaching the order previously obtained by AMVIC. The order, dated November 2015, stated that Feldman, owner of Miks Motors Inc., must immediately cease operating in the automotive industry.

“Feldman has repeatedly proven that he has no regard for Alberta’s automotive consumer protection laws,” Derek Blackman-Shaw, AMVIC senior manager of investigations said.

AMVIC cancelled Feldman’s business licence July 2015 for operating contrary to Alberta’s consumer protection laws. He continued to sell, so the province’s automotive regulator obtained the court order.

“We have taken extra measures to prevent him from taking advantage of unsuspecting consumers,” Blackman-Shaw said.  “If he tries to sell you a vehicle you should immediately walk away and report it to police as soon as possible.”

It is against the law to sell vehicles in Alberta without the proper AMVIC licence. Those who ignore the law are considered curbers.