Car dealer faces prison for fraud and shoplifting

02 April 2014

Miles Elgin, a car dealer from Melksham, has been convicted of shoplifting, adding to earlier charges of fraud, which together could see him serve time in prison.

Mr Elgin, 46, was convicted on Tuesday (1 April) of stealing £340 worth of shopping from an ASDA supermarket in December 2013. He pleaded not guilty to loading shopping bags into his car before driving off without paying but the verdict magistrate at Swindon Crown Court ruled that Mr Elgin was aware of what he was doing, the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald reported.

This car dealer\’s bid to save money might have taken him the wrong side of the law, but his fellow tradesman ought to remember that there are easier ways to recoup finances; shopping around online for the cheapest motor trade insurance quote can save any car dealer and garages or mechanics for that matter money on their expenditure. Hunting for a good quote online is a great place to start, but it is advisable to speak to an expert on the phone having received the quote to ensure the policy is the best match for your needs.

Mr Elgin has also been in trouble with police earlier in 2013; in October last year the car dealer pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation, after making four failed cheque payments to a Westbury dealership. After this crime he was given a 12-month suspended sentence, ordered to repay £52,923 and to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work.

This second criminal offence, although only for £340 of supermarket shoplifting, could land him in jail as it is a violation of his earlier sentence.