If you break the law and are given an easy sentence, you might not want to push your luck

Curbsiding laws, aimed at unlicensed vehicle dealers who misrepresent themselves as private sellers, exist to protect buyers. When curbsiders circumvent those laws, things can get really, really bad for the seller, especially when the seller appeals his sentence.

Andre Nicholas Campbell, 40, appealed his original sentence of 32 days, which was to be served over weekends. Instead of a lesser sentence, Justice S.R. Shamai explained the original sentence handed down by the Provincial Offences Court to be lenient.

What did she do to Campbell? She threw him in jail for his 32 days to be served consecutively, as the judge found no justification for serving the sentence intermittently.

“This sentence sends an important message to curbsiders,” stated OMVIC Director of Investigations, Carey Smith.

“The retail automotive industry is regulated in Ontario; these regulations exist to create a fair and informed marketplace and to ensure that persons acting as dealers meet the requirements set out by law.”

Campbell had been found guilty of curbsiding twice in the past, in 2001 and 2004, where he posted as a private individual selling previously accident damaged or written-off vehicles. He did not disclose the vehicle histories to buyers and didn’t pay the fines levied against him in either of those cases.


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