Fraudster sold superchargers he didn't have online for $20k

Scott Brady
Scott Brady

A man who sold two supercharger air compressors online for USD$20,000 when he never actually had them to sell has avoided a jail term at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Scott Brady (25) made the deal through an online forum and provided his American customer with photos of the car parts.

The man then lodged $10,000 USD twice into Brady's bank account before trying to organise the shipment of his purchases.

After Brady continued to make excuses for why they were not ready yet for delivery, including the false claim that his mother had died, the man alerted the gardaí through Interpol.

Brady was easily identified as he had used his own bank account, home address and mobile phone number in all his dealings with the American man.

Brady had the full amount in a bank draft payable to the American in court with him today.

His counsel Cathal McGreal BL, said Brady had “a penchant for cars and car parts”.

He knew what he was talking about it and he had too much time on his hands.

Counsel described his client as “a silly young man”.

He said he sold his car and all his possession to raise the money to pay back the man.

Brady of Glenageary Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin pleaded guilty to two counts of thefts on dates between December 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. He has two previous convictions for road traffic offences.

Judge Martin Nolan said it had been a fraud from the beginning and Brady never had any intention of sending out the parts.

He accepted he had no relevant criminal record and that he now had the money to pay back.

He sentenced Brady to two years in prison which he suspended in full on strict conditions.

Detective Garda Joanne Holahan told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting that she was contacted through Interpol in March 2013 after the American man reported the theft.

She later secured a court order for the release of Brady's bank statements and was able to confirm the lodgement of the $20,000 USD.

Brady was arrested and made admissions.

He initially claimed that another person had been involved but the gardaí didn't accept that this was the case. She agreed that it had been “a scam from start to finish”.