Dartmouth (October 8, 2019) – Used car salesman, Michael David Surette, duped 14 customers between 2015 and 2018 by selling cars he never delivered. The total amount the customers of the Used Car Factory 21 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia were defrauded of adds up to $43,310.53. At the same time, he was serving a conditional sentence for previous fraud convictions. Surette is now convicted to 44 months in prison and ordered to pay a fine of more than $45,000 and to pay restitution to the victims of more than $38,000.
Michael David Surette, a former used car salesman with Used Car Factory 21 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia has been sentenced for defrauding fourteen customers between 2015 and 2018.
Surette sold used cars to customers agreeing on delivering the car once some mechanical work had been completed. Subsequently, with the alleged repair of the car still pending, he provided repeated excuses for delaying delivery of the vehicle. The 53-year-old nonetheless requested payments from his customers for the supposed purchase in cash or email money transfer. Occasionally, he asked for more money for additional ‘repairs’. After receiving the funds, he started avoiding customers when they inquired about their vehicles, which they ultimately never received. After finding out about the fraudulent behavior, his employer, Mr. Sapp, provided full or partial compensation to Surette’s victims.
Using this scheme, fourteen customers have been defrauded and a total of $43,310.53 have been falsely obtained. As a result, Surette was facing three counts of fraud over $5,000 and eleven counts of fraud under $5,000. This was not his first bogus behavior: While conducting the scheme, he was still serving a conditional sentence for previous fraud convictions.
Surette pleaded guilty to all indicated offenses, which he described as crimes of opportunity. On August 12, provincial court Judge Frank Hoskins sentenced him to 44 months in prison. Since he is credited for the time already served, he is actually facing 30 more months in prison.
Additionally, judge Hoskins ordered him to pay a fine of more than $45,000 and to pay restitution for his victims of more than $38,000. Surette won’t be allowed to take a job in which he has authority over the real property, money or valuable security of another person for a period of 10 years.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.