Burbage Gets Six

Richard David John Burbage has been put behind bars where he belongs. Although many will feel that his six year sentence is not long enough for a man who conned hundreds of people out of thousands of dollars in two different countries, at least some form of justice has now been served. His partner in crime, Stanley Rudgley, received a prison term of three years and fours months.

Ryan Overton and Darryl Warren were acquitted and found not guilty of all charges they faced.

Click here to read the article in the Southern Daily Echo.

 

Richard David John Burbage – Guilty

Remember this twat?

Back in 2012 I and around 1,200 other people had our cars ‘stolen’ by the dodgy dealership We Buy Any Car Australia. Richard David John Burbage left a trail of destruction in Australia before fleeing to the UK with his gutless tail between his legs, desperately trying to hide from the angry mob of Aussies he had fleeced.

With the help of friends locally and abroad, we were able to track this low-life down to a new set of dodgy dealerships he had established in the UK. Unfortunately it was too late for many unwary consumers who were now victims of Burbage and his cronies. Fortunately the Southern Daily Echo picked up on our story and took up the pursuit and began reporting on Burbage at every opportunity.

Finally the law caught up with him and his trial began alongside Darryl Kenneth Warren and Ryan Neil Overton. Stan Rudgley did not appear in court having already pleaded guilty to fraudulent trading. Thankfully many of his victims were able to attend and give evidence, and after a short deliberation the jury…

“…returned guilty verdicts on five charges of fraudulent trading which included clocking car mileages, giving false descriptions of vehicles, failing to deliver vehicles, forging vehicle documents, falsifying warranties and failing to give refunds. Michael Carr, Reporter, Southern Daily Echo.”

Ryan Overton and Darryl Warren were found not guilty.

The likely outcome of this decision is a “substantial sentence” for Burbage according to Judge Barnett who will pass sentence in July. In the meantime Burbage has been remanded in custody to await his fate.

I would like to thank all the people who have been involved in bringing this despicable character to justice. I know that many of you were left out of pocket in your endeavours, but I can assure you that your vigilance and hard work are very much appreciated. Lets all hope he gets to spend a very long time behind bars.

A Little Car Scam Karma

burbage_wbacAs reported in the Southern Daily Echo newspaper Stan Rudgley, the grubby second hand car dealer and close associate of Richard Burbage, has…

“…pleaded guilty to five charges of making “dishonest representations and sales practices” in relations to five companies including Woolston Car Supermarket in Southampton.” – Daily Southern Echo.

The two co-defendants Burbage and Overton have both entered not-guilty pleas.

I’ve been following these guys for quite some time now and it looks like there will never be any happy news for the hundreds of Aussies who were ripped off by Burbage before he escaped back to the UK. I can only hope that the Southampton constabulary are able to shut them down for good before any body else gets stung.

Burbage Saga Update

Its been some time since we had news of Richard Burbage and his nefarious deeds. Information in Australia is scant to say the least, however I am still in contact with people locally, and in the UK, who have provided me with the following information.

  • Accountancy firm, Worrells, who were placed in charge of webuyanycar.com.au’s insolvency have determined that the company was trading insolvent practically from inception, and that the Directors, Richard David John Burbage and Armand Daiga, are exposed to an insolvent trading claim estimated at around $4million.
  • burbage_wbacAccording to Worrells advice to creditors in October 2014, Mr Daiga attempted to settle the claim with an unacceptable offer. They referred the matter to their solicitors to commence recovery action.
  • Worrells have also identified preferential payments made to Manheim Automotive Financial Services Pty Ltd (MAFS) and began seeking recovery of just over $1million. They managed to secure a paltry $400,000.
  • The Fair Entitlements Guarantee contributed just over $270,000 to cover employee entitlements.
  • Unfortunately, although Richard David John Burbage is listed as one of the Directors of Kar Land Pty Ltd, Mr Daiga is the one being pursued by the liquidators. This is purely because of ease. Unlike the gutless Burbage, Mr Daiga has remained in Australia to face the music.

I only hope that there is enough funds left over after Worrells have taken their costs so that the creditors can be compensated.

What has happened to Richard Burbage since the last time I wrote about him is very interesting.

Firstly, the Daily Echo published on the 18th December 2014 that Richard Burbage had appeared in court charged with assaulting Lorraine Burbage, his wife. According to the Echo,

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Of course he has denied this claim, but violence seems to run rampant in this family. In April 2014 a man calling himself Ed Walsh, and claiming to be Lorraine’s brother, threatened me via a comment on another blog post.

Living violent lifestyles never seems to end well and I can only hope the children haven’t been scarred for life.

Secondly, Patrick Knox from the Southern Daily Echo reported on 7th February that both Richard Burbage and Stan Rudgley have been arrested as part of a fraud probe and that a third man, possibly Ryan Overton has also been arrested.

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Perhaps this bottom feeding waste of space and his oxygen thieving henchmen will finally face the music.

We can only hope.

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We Buy Any Car Scam Update 2

WhoisOn the 30th July 2012 the dodgy dealings of webuyanycar.com.au (WBAC) finally came to a head and the company was sent into administration and ultimately, liquidation. Many people lost money including employees, business associates and customers who sold them their motor vehicles in good faith.

I wrote about this unethical dealership in three blog posts. The first one titled Life Lesson Well Learnt outlined my own personal experiences in dealing with them before they went broke. With the flood of comments that soon appeared I realised I wasn’t the only one to experience their callous disregard for other peoples property. Luckily my story was able to find its mark and prevent others from suffering the eventual loss.

My second post came out after they were already placed into liquidation. In that article I included correspondence from Mr. Jeremy Herbert from webuyanycar.com in the USA who was keen to point out that they had no relationship with the Australian business or the Burbages. Unfortunately, it was already too late for many Australian consumers so I pointed people in the direction of Worrells solvency agents to make their case.

Other sites like Stuff Review and Product Review were also doing their best to inform the public as to the devious dealings of the Burbage business, but unfortunately all we could do was become a sounding board for those that had already been hurt.

Then everything went quiet. There has been nothing in the Australian press on the subject of WBAC for many months now and it seemed the Burbages had become harder to find than Christopher Skase. Their dead-of-night Houdini act cost them a million dollar home in Fig Tree and wife Lorraine’s $200,000 Bentley. It also cost around 1,200 trusting consumers over $3.6million dollars according to the Courier Mail.

Back in March this year I received a comment on my article about WBAC going into liquidation from a reader who was convinced that Hampshire Vehicle Sales in the UK was a new business that the Burbages were involved with. I ran the comment and was contacted five days later by Mr. Ryan Overton who claimed to be the proprietor of Hampshire Vehicle Sales and had no affiliation whatsoever with the Burbages.

Mr. Overton stated that he was the sole Director and owner of that company and that they were doing their best to trade through difficult times. He asked me to remove the links and, finding no evidence to link the Burbages to the company, I did so as a gesture of goodwill. Unfortunately I may have been misled.

Stuff Review ran an article over the weekend also linking Hampshire Vehicle Sales with the Burbage family. They went so far as to perform a whois search to ascertain the registrant of the website and according to their site it is Lorraine Burbage. I checked this last night and found the same information – see the image opposite.

Needless to say the comments are now back visible on my website.

Over the weekend I received an email and a comment on one of my posts from a Mr. Henry Winster who informed me that,

“Mr Burbage has been summoned to attend the Federal Court in Brisbane to answer questions in regards to his involvement as a director in the company. This is to be held on 3rd July 2013 I think. Worrells have more information for people wanting to attend as it is open for the public to view. Mr Burbage is not in Australia but has fled back to the UK where he has opened up another business with I guess the same intention of ripping off customers again.”

I checked the Commonwealth Court Portal and both Richard Burbage, and his business partner Mr. Armand Daiga have been summonsed to appear. The case number is: QUD171/2013. If you want to look it up yourself follow the link and click on ‘Federal Law Search’ in the top right of the image on the page you are directed to. You may have to accept the terms of use but after that you will on the search page where you simply enter the case number and hit ‘Search by file number’.

The guys at Stuff Review also picked it up Mr. Winster’s comment and added,

“Regarding webuyanycar / Karlands liquidation. Worrells are currently conducting a public hearing in the Brisbane Federal Court and have already questioned key secure creditors and Karlands ex accountant. A second 2 day hearing is scheduled for 2nd & 3rd July in Brisbane where both directors (Burbage & Diaga) have been summonsed to appear. Whether both will attend is yet to be seen as Burbage is in the UK and has started a similar business.”

Whether Hampshire Vehicle Sales is a Burbage concern or innocent bystander remains to be seen however, just because their names don’t show up on a company search does not mean they are not involved. In my experience ‘silent partners’ are not always that silent so, if you are going to transact with this company do your research and perform your due diligence before you part with your car.

And to everyone in Australia still feeling the pain, good luck and stay strong.

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