- Sytner GroupSytner Head office Leicester
Pay John Alexander his £21,000 life savings back
£21,000 is nothing to this nationwide dealership! This man walked into one of there dealerships to buy his dream car and was ripped off by one of their salesmen who gambled away his life savings! Please read below! Come on Sytner take resonsabilty this salesperson was representing your company! A 77-year-old grandfather with cancer was conned out of his £21,000 life savings by a BMW salesman – who then blew the lot on gambling. John Alexander said his self-confidence had been "stolen" by Stephen Green (48), who targeted the unsuspecting pensioner when he arrived at the Sytner BMW dealership, at Leicester's Meridian Business Park, looking for his dream car. Green, a used car sales executive, persuaded the grandfather-of-four to hand over £21,000 up-front for a vehicle that never materialised in a "planned, calculated and manipulative" con. Green was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to fraud by false representation at Leicester Crown Court earlier this week. Following the hearing, Mr Alexander, of Wigston, said he was completely taken in by the fraudster. "I had my heart set on a BMW," he said. "I'd gone through an operation and wanted the car to try to start feeling good again. "He told me it was all above board to pay the money to him. I thought he was a fantastic salesman who was helping me out. "Green said I'd had a rough time and told me, 'I will do everything for you to find the car of your dreams.' "Nothing could have been further from the truth. "He even came to see me at my house. I had no idea he was conning me. I feel so let down." Mr Alexander, who also lost his wife to cancer, underwent a life-saving operation in May to have a tumour removed from his neck and face. Since the fraud, he has been back for another operation to remove a neck lump and is still battling the illness. Daughter-in-law Claire Alexander, of Ratby, said: "My father-in-law no longer goes out socially or does the things he used to do – he's a changed man because of this. "We're disgusted by Green and feel so let down." Sentencing Green, Judge Robert Brown said: "Your victim was a vulnerable man with health difficulties and wanted to treat himself to a new car. "You knew he wasn't well and took advantage of him to defraud him and it's added to the stress he's been put through. "It was planned, calculated and manipulative." During the scam, which happened in May and June, Green told Mr Alexander that Sytner did not have his desired model of BMW in stock, but offered to find one for him. He later assured Mr Alexander he had done a deal that was all "above board," and persuaded him to hand over £21,000 up-front. However, when Mr Alexander arrived to collect the car, he claimed Sytner staff in Leicester told him Green was "off sick" and to come back another day. The victim's family then notified police. Green, formerly of Great Bowden, who later moved to Parkfield Avenue, Northampton, had committed two similar scams, unbeknown to Sytner. At the time, he was subject to a 10-week suspended sentence for stealing and selling a vehicle from another dealership. Judge Brown said: "You have 11 previous convictions, two of which are of a similar nature. I'm told you have a gambling problem." The judge said he would have considered a compensation order, but there was no point as Green had no cash or assets to confiscate. The court heard that Sytner was not accepting responsibility for the actions of Green, who was dismissed for gross misconduct. During the hearing, Green's defence barrister, Carl Gaskell, questioned why the company had not stepped in to help the pensioner. "He had difficulties in a relationship that led to gambling as a form for escape when he couldn't cope," Mr Gaskell told the court. "Quite how he got this job in a reputable major dealership is a mystery. It would seem, on the face of it, Mr Alexander would have a claim against the company which employed Green. "He was using their reputation and name. Why Mr Alexander hasn't been recompensed is a mystery." Mr Alexander's family are now taking legal advice to pursue the matter. Leicester Sytner general sales manager Debra Zawadzka said Green was "not acting in his capacity as an employee" when he committed the offence. In an e-mail sent to the Mercury, she said: "The dealings between Mr Green and Mr Alexander were of a private nature, entered into outside of working hours. "Although Mr Green was not acting in his capacity as an employee of Sytner, he was subsequently dismissed for gross misconduct."
- Sytner Head office Leicester
Pay John Alexander his £21,000 life savings back
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