Fraudster Abbott admits car swindle


Dodgy car mechanic Karl Abbott’s been convicted of another fraud.

The serial Queenstown fraudster, 54, (pictured, right) admitted he charged $1166 for repairs he didn’t carry out.

He also attempted to pervert the course of justice by lying to a Disputes Tribunal.

Abbott’s been jailed twice before, in 2004 and 2005, for Christchurch car maintenance swindles.

And Mountain Scene’s reported several instances of people locally being unhappy with his work.

Abbott pleaded guilty to three charges at Invercargill District Court on Tuesday – the second day of his jury trial.

The court heard Abbott invoiced Lumley Insurance for $966 on March 30, 2012, for repairs to Brazilian man Darcio Fernandez’s car.

Abbott claimed he’d replaced the gearbox in the Honda CRV but the work was never done.

He also invoiced Fernandez for $200 for insurance excess.

When Fernandez took Abbott to the Disputes Tribunal in January 2013, Abbott supplied a signed letter stating he’d located a second-hand gearbox and installed it.

Abbott was discharged on two other charges relating to repairs to a Toyota in 2013, which included endangering the public.

Judge Michael Turner remanded Abbott on bail until March 18 for sentence in Invercargill.

In 2010, Abbott’s partner Rhonda Tomlin told Mountain Scene complaints about his work were “a set-up” and “vendetta” by other local mechanics – and he was determined to become a respected businessman. 

Tomlin opened Spanner Worx in Industrial Place in March 2013 on the same site where Abbott had his now defunct Queenstown Mobile Mechanic Ltd business.

Spanner Worx has the Queenstown contract for Wicked Campers.