A used car salesman at Great Buys Auto Sales in Lower Sackville, N.S. is headed to trial on a charge of fraud over $5,000 in connection with the sale of a vehicle to a young couple.
On Wednesday, a judge ordered Darren Blumenthal to stand trial following a hearing in Dartmouth provincial court.
Blumenthal faces three charges related to a 2013 Subaru BRZ that a couple purchased in August 2015 for $24,500. The couple, Melanie Pottie and Chris Bezanson, says that Blumenthal agreed to buy their car if their circumstances changed.
After Bezanson lost his job, they returned to Great Buys. They say Blumenthal agreed to buy back the car and pay off their bank loans if they gave him another $11,500 to cover taxes and extra costs.
Court documents allege Blumenthal wrote a cheque to the bank, but it bounced, leaving the couple on the hook for over $33,000.
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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.