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# 208879 3-Mar-2017 15:28
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Vikram Mehta, owner of mobile trader Flexi Buy Limited (Flexi Buy), has today been sentenced in the Auckland District Court to two years imprisonment after taking money from customers without intending to supply goods as promised. 

It is the first jail sentence handed down in a prosecution initiated by the Commerce Commission.

Mr Mehta was convicted under the Crimes Act 1961 as a party to Flexi Buy’s conduct. He was the sole shareholder and director of the company during the period of its offending.  

“The Commission has successfully pursued a number of cases against mobile traders, but this was a particularly serious one, and that’s why we took Crimes Act action against Mr Mehta personally,” said Commissioner Anna Rawlings.

“The Crimes Act charges are consistent with other cases we have pursued where traders have failed to supply goods or services that their customers have paid for.  All traders need to know that the Commission can and will take this action where it’s justified,” said Ms Rawlings.

Flexi Buy told customers that their goods would be supplied once they had made a set number of payments, when it knew they would not be. Between late 2012 and early 2014 Flexi Buy entered into over 300 consumer credit contracts, but only nine customers received their goods.

Mr Mehta used Flexi Buy income for his personal use, rent on his Auckland apartment, and living expenses, including at least $22,000 spent during a 2013 trip to India.

In sentencing Mr Mehta today, Judge Cunningham said  “because of the seriousness of what occurred here, I am not minded to impose home detention. In my view it needs to be a sentence at the top of the hierarchy of sentences to send a message to Mr Mehta and any other persons who seek to, in my words, rip off vulnerable people, that such behaviour that breaches the criminal law will be met with the full force of the criminal law.”

Mr Mehta has indicated that he intends to appeal.

“The sentence sends a strong message that there can be serious consequences for traders who take customers’ money without delivering the promised goods,” said Ms Rawlings.

Ms Rawlings noted that a number of recent cases have been taken against other mobile traders  which have failed to meet their disclosure obligations, and consumers need to be aware of their rights when thinking about signing a consumer credit contract.

“Consumers should take all possible steps to protect themselves when buying from mobile traders and door-to-door sellers. We have produced guidance to help with this,” said Ms Rawlings.

 





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  # 1729480 3-Mar-2017 15:37
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Good.

 

 


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  # 1729482 3-Mar-2017 15:39
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Not long enough but good start

 
 
 
 


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Hi,, i am not sure if this is the same issue.. (might be a small deal)

 

but i just bought an item of the internet, and they were supposed to send and 8 gb SD card with the item, (as per their website). thus when i received the item, there was no card.

 

so i wrote an email to the store and got the following reply.

 

" I apologize for the delay in my reply. Unfortunately the SD Cards were only given whilst we still had the stock of them. Once they were gone that was it.
I have called a few stores to see if they have any left and unfortunately there is no longer stock of these.
 
I apologize for any confusion "

 

What can i do ?





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  # 1729495 3-Mar-2017 16:03
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KillerHulk:

 

Hi,, i am not sure if this is the same issue.. (might be a small deal)

 

but i just bought an item of the internet, and they were supposed to send and 8 gb SD card with the item, (as per their website). thus when i received the item, there was no card.

 

so i wrote an email to the store and got the following reply.

 

" I apologize for the delay in my reply. Unfortunately the SD Cards were only given whilst we still had the stock of them. Once they were gone that was it.
I have called a few stores to see if they have any left and unfortunately there is no longer stock of these.
 
I apologize for any confusion "

 

What can i do ?

 

 

Return the item as it was not as advertised.


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  # 1729533 3-Mar-2017 17:38
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She'll be out in 1.




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  # 1729542 3-Mar-2017 18:11
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Took a while for me to realize that mobile trader didnt mean what I thought it did in that article.





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  # 1729590 3-Mar-2017 19:27
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Scum.

 

Ripping off the people that can least afford it. 


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  # 1729597 3-Mar-2017 19:41
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Linux: Not long enough but good start

 

 

 

Considering you can get 2 years for killing someone, I'm surprised it was even that long.


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  # 1729608 3-Mar-2017 19:56
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old3eyes: She'll be out in 1.
He'll. And yes, because that's what happens for sentences of imprisonment for 24 month or less - automatic half then release on conditions.


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