A driving test impersonator has been given a suspended 39-week prison sentence.
Omed Osman Ahmad of Stoke-on-Trent appeared before Ipswich crown court last Friday (September 19th) where he was also ordered to pay £250 in court costs and complete 200 hours unpaid community work.
The court also heard the cases of ten bogus candidates, who had each paid between £300 and £500 to the impersonator.
They received a total of over two years in suspended sentences, 800 hours of unpaid community work and were ordered to meet £2,500 in court costs. All their bogus licences were revoked.
Recorder Gerard Pounder said: "These offences are very serious and strike at the heart of the driving test process in this country.
"Paying an impostor to take your test drives a coach and horses through the driving test process."
Commenting on such cases, the Driving Standards Agency head of fraud and integrity Andrew Rice said: "As well as a driving qualification, many people seek possession of full UK driving licence to establish proof of identity.
"Once that objective is achieved we are aware the fraudulent licence is used to gain other identity documents and to obtain a credit standing within this country."
Written by James Christie