A SECOND-HAND car dealer who lured people into transferring the ownership of their cars to him before any payment was made has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay $42,000 compensation to the victims. Hui Fung-fai, 23, was found guilty in the District Court by Judge Britton of five counts of obtaining property by deception which took place in July last year. He said he would compensate the victims and promised never to do it again. Judge Britton ordered him to pay compensation within six months and gave him an 18-month sentence suspended for two years. Prosecutor Frederic Whitehouse said Hui bluffed Tam Shun-foon, 45, and others into signing a form to transfer car ownership. Each time, Hui registered the car in his own name and then used different pretexts to deceive the victim into handing him the car key. After Hui was in the car and had its registration document, he revealed he was a car dealer and reduced the purchase price. The court heard Mr Tam advertised the sale of his car, which Hui agreed to buy for between $50,000 and $55,000. At the Transport Department in Mongkok, Hui insisted that Mr Tam had to transfer ownership to him before he paid. A struggle took place in which Mr Tam seized back the car's registration book. Mr Tam left the car and told Hui that he was going to the police. However, he returned to the department. Hui, who was accompanied by police, accused Mr Tam of snatching his registration book. Police inquiries revealed other car sellers had been deceived by Hui.