TWO cousins who made £3million wiping four million miles off the clocks of luxury cars will pay back just £90,000.

A confiscation hearing at Burnley Crown Court ruled Nazim Hussain, 33, and Mohammed Aseeb Hussain, 30, must surrender their ‘available’ assets and pay compensation to their victims.


The pair, from Accrington, were jailed in December 2014 as part of the biggest car-clocking case Lancashire Trading Standards had ever undertaken.

The court heard Nazim Hussain, of Blackburn Road, and Aseeb Hussain, of Knotwood Court, spent £3.3million buying up hundreds of luxury cars including Audis and Mercedes from one auction company alone over a two-year period.

Judge Simon Newell said the duo must pay compensation to 22 of their victims across the country, including people from Colne, Todmorden and Whittle-le-Woods.

He ruled that Nazim Hussain had benefited from general criminal conduct by £1,280,614 and his available assets amounted to £68,030.

He has been given three months to pay or 20 months will be added to his prison sentence.

Compensation to victims will amount to £12,735.

Mohammed Aseeb Hussain benefited to the tune of £1,671,120 and his available assets amounted to £23,058.91.

He was given three months to pay or face 13 months extra behind bars.

He must also pay £14,450 in compensation.

The court heard Lancashire Trading Standards were flooded with complaints regarding the Hussains’ used car operations at a number of locations in Accrington.

When investigators started probing the racket, they discovered one Ford Galaxy alone had seen its odometer turned back by 234,000 miles.

Photographs released this week of one of the cousins’ premises at a unit in Dale Street, Accrington, show Range Rovers, Audis, BMWs and Mercedes models being prepared for sale.

Motorists frequently experienced mechanical problems with cars they had bought under false pretences, the court heard.

One driver told Trading Standards bosses he did not even make it home before his car broke down.

Much of the cash generated from the scam was used to purchase further vehicles.

Trading standards officers found that Nazim Hussain had bought 277 cars and Aseeb Hussain had purchased 334 during 2011 and 2012, most with mileages topping 100,000 miles.

Both were ‘platinum’ card carriers with a national car auction site, awarded to dealers who bought between 100 and 499 cars in a 12-month spell - entitling them to commission discounts.

Paul Noone, head of Lancashire Trading Standards Service, said: “This investigation started with one car and then quickly snowballed into the biggest car-clocking case Lancashire Trading Standards has ever undertaken.

“Thanks to the dedication of our officers the Hussains will lose every penny remaining of their ill-gotten gains, while 22 of their victims can now look forward to a share of the £27,000 compensation they were ordered to pay.”

At their original trial, both pleaded guilty to participating in a fraudulent business.

Nazim was jailed for 26 months and Aseeb for 24 months.

During the trial it was heard that given the sheer scale of their combined operation, investigators had to focus on just 36 vehicles, including BMWs, Mercedes Benz and Land Rovers, which they believed were ‘clocked’.

Three cars, including two Ford Galaxy and a Toyota Avensis, were ‘clocked’ by more than 200,000 miles, more than half of those checked had been reduced by more than 100,000 miles and none had been altered by less than 46,000 miles.

The court was told the calculated loss to customers was at least £150,000, and the perceived profit to the cousins, for the 36 identified cars, was around £40,000.