For immediate release: On January 6, 2001, a 2001 Ford Excursion sustained substantial damage in a collision in British Columbia. Estimates indicated that the vehicle required more than $26,000 in repairs to make it roadworthy. The accused purchased the vehicle from a salvage auto auction in Edmonton.
The vehicle was taken by the accused to an Edmonton auto body repair facility, who were contracted to make aesthetic repairs only. The accused then sold the vehicle through a public auction to a private individual on April 27, 2002 for $39,500. The accused failed to provide any disclosure about the known history of the vehicle.
At a later date, the new owner took the vehicle in for warranty work. At that time it was discovered that the vehicle had sustained extensive damage in a rollover, which negated any warranty coverage. The owner then lodged a complaint with the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) and an investigation began.
In October of 2002, Alberta Transportation (now Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation) inspected the Excursion and determined that the vehicle was structurally unsound and could not be operated, registered or driven on Alberta roadways.
On December 10, 2003, one charge of Fraud under section 381(a) of the Criminal Code was laid by AMVIC against the two individuals who were involved in this activity. On March 15, 2005, Sanjiv (Sonny) Aggarwal, was found guilty in Queen’s Bench Court in Edmonton of Fraud. He was given a $3000 fine, a $450 victims surcharge, and was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $42,286.
AMVIC investigates individuals and businesses that violate the Fair Trading Act or the Criminal Code in the motor vehicle industry across the province. In 2004, AMVIC laid 403 charges against individuals and businesses and were successful in getting over $1.8 million returned to consumers through mediation.